Cheryl Horning

January 24, 2019 Comments Off on Cheryl Horning

There is something magical about breathing life and movement into a lump of clay. It is endlessly fascinating to me that such small changes in anatomy create such different individuals and emotions. Muscle, tissue, skin and bone carry the life story of each person. I am fascinated by identity, where we come from, and who we think we are. I draw inspiration from people’s stories, contemporary and ancient to create characters with interior lives of struggle and hope.

For me making sculpture is a way to escape, heal, explore, discover, and play. I build up clay using waddies and coils to create heads and figures. My figures run a continuum from realistic to abstract and from human to botanical.

Whether I am working on figures or abstract pieces, I am expressing ideas about relationships to one another, to the environment, to God and to mystery.

Elisa Sheehan

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It takes a robust vocabulary to get closer to describing the indescribable.
But my vocabulary isn’t just comprised of words…

It contains entire spectrums of color.

I’ve always painted. But before my life was full-time artist, children, and outdoor escapade it was job in Boston, graphic design, and urban frenzy. When we relocated upstate to go rogue and rural, the next right move was that I freelance, resulting in a booming design business I ran for thirteen years. Still, I never left the quiet of the canvas, and my work continued to migrate through the galleries…

Some impulses cannot be denied. And none of our loves should ever be ignored.
As unsentimental as the seasons, I closed the design business so my painting one could begin.

My work involves research and recon. Solo adventures outdoors with my sketch book and camera, or scavenging the woods with my children – look at this, mom!…look at this…now, look at this…

I walk home with sticks in my pocket – nature’s body language.
I develop my photos in black and white to focus entirely on shape – nature’s accents.
I mix colors, layer them, put them next to each other, discover them – nature’s attitude and moods.

It’s one thing to replicate the look of the outside world…it’s quite another to capture the thrill of its drama.

We live on the outskirts of busyness and modern norms to be closer to what sustains us. And while our choices haven’t always been easy, anything worth doing demands its sacrifice.

As a result of making them, I’ve never been a starving artist. Just a bit untamed…and always a bit ravenous to get back to my work – making art that sustains others by inviting the outdoors in.

Matthew P. Chinian

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Like a reporter I record the time and place of my wanderings around Upstate New York and New England. I find places and scenes of fascination: quiet woodlands or gas stations, farmlands or industrial sites, places I see in passing, sometimes from the corner of my eye often easily overlooked by others. This is where I find beauty. This is where I find the sublime.

Instagram: @Matthew Chinian

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