Artwork: Dramatis Personae – Sparks Gallery

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Continuing on the topic of “Imagination” at Sparks Gallery, Artist Cheryl Tall makes use of narrative figurative sculpture and paintings to make a whimsical, yet sentimental commentary on the practical experience of becoming human in the fashionable age.

The title of the exhibition, Dramatis Personae, is the Latin time period for “cast of characters” in theater, art, and literature.  It refers to the colorful troupe of sculptural characters portrayed in Tall’s art. In the style of “magic realism”, her perform makes use of colour and texture to produce a surrealistic wonderland that touches on our lookup for meaning, connection and position. 

Ranging in dimension from 7 inches to 7 ft, Tall’s functions are made from a assortment of mediums, mostly clay, tile, and paint. By employing finger marks in the clay or paint, and levels on levels of glaze, paint, paper, or uncovered supplies, she makes a richly complex surface area on the parts that echo the look of primeval artifacts or folk objects. 

The artist’s inspiration from both equally modern and ancient art is obvious in her operates myths and desire imagery are a recurring theme. Her subject matter often incorporates architectural and figurative things. Lots of of her paintings depict total scenes of action, with a cast of several people and several interactions occurring at at the time. The way that people – neighbors, enthusiasts, extended family members, and community customers – interrelate with every single other is a visible and thematic aim in her will work. These crucial social bonds, which drive day to day lifetime, are emphasised and celebrated.

Cheryl Tall researched artwork at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida the place she been given her BFA and at the College of Miami, Miami, Florida she received her MFA in 1995. Her existing studio in Southern California, in which she creates her huge-scale sculpture and paintings and teaches art lessons. Tall’s key medium is clay, coil designed into significant figurative sculptures and wall pieces. She also will work with blended media, oil and acrylic portray, and printmaking.

Tall’s get the job done focuses on the associations between individuals and their surroundings, especially their residences or workplaces. Her issue make a difference usually consists of architectural and figurative features. Influences involve Surrealism, Expressionism, Pop Art, Lowbrow and Funk Artwork, Romanesque Medieval art, folks artwork, mythology and Primitive Artwork. Influential artists contain Robert Arneson, Shepard Farrey, Andy Goldsworthy, Viola Frey, Adrian Arleo, Paul Klee, Giorgio De Chirico, Oskar Kokoschka and Giselbertus.

Tall’s will work will be on watch at Sparks Gallery from March 12 – April 30, 2023  with an opening reception on Sunday, March 12, 2023 from 5-8pm.