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Artist in Residence: Open Studio and “Hands-on” Demonstration with sculptor Cherie Lee
May 22 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
With the recent acquisition of a ‘teaching level’ drill, Cherie Lee shares her exquisite finished work, demonstrates techniques, and introduces participants to basic carving applications that can be used on wood, bone, metal and even vegetable ivory.Register
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.”