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Artist in Residence: Cherie Lee Artist Talk
December 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Artist Talk with Visual Artist, Cherie Lee, via Facebook LIVEView Facebook LIVE
After introducing us briefly to her work in a most unusual medium, and revealing a meticulously detailed, hand-carved ostrich eggshell Cherie completed during her time with Bethany Arts Community in October 2020, she delves into how her residency was nearly derailed by an accidental, wacky and stumbling foray into self discovery: full of complications, hurdles and mistakes, and dogged by doubt at every turn. Here, Cherie shares her personal evolution, flaws and all, as she abruptly struggles with how to market not only her unique art, but also herself, in an increasingly virtual world.
Cherie Lee is a self-taught, Philadelphia-born artist, who utilizes high speed rotary equipment to reduce genuine Ostrich Eggshells to small-scale, subtractive-sculpture commentaries appreciating, and testing, the limits of faculty and frailty. Whether her subject matter be ecological, sociological or anthropological, she unites substance and subject, gingerly evoking one basic concept: what you have is fragile, no matter it’s strength.
Having grown up suburban-poor, her earliest materials were found objects in nature and readily available household items, predominantly paper. These early works resulted most often in two distinct forms: elaborate dimensional paper sculptures that are white-on-white plays of light and shadow, or intricately detailed, flat black paper-cuts. Both styles notable for what they lack, or what’s been taken away; a concept she hopes might foster a more solid appreciation for what is there.
Shortly after recognizing the humble chicken egg as a perfect 4-dimensional ‘canvas’, one of her first pieces was admitted to the United States White House Permanent Collection. By 2018, she acquired the tools necessary that would allow her to focus solely on her preferred medium, the thick and sturdy ostrich eggshell. Her current body of work explores how much can be taken away from something, be it natural, man-made or conceptual, without removing it’s integrity. “However,” she cautions, “if the strength of an eggshell allows me to push it to it’s furthest limits, it’s fragility reminds me not to.”
Programs at Bethany Arts Community are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Westchester, and numerous individual donors.