SONDRA SHERMAN Found Subjects
Hunterdon Art Museum
January 12 – March 9, 2014
“All jewelry becomes a form or element of portraiture, and in Found Subjects the book and jewelry piece came to reflect the imaginary reader, author, or wearer. What ‘seemed like a good idea at the time’ turned into…”What was I thinking?” I have continually followed curiosity, and sought new challenges over multiple series of work, but responding to individual books of varied character in a form particular to each came to feel like slightly schizophrenic creative acrobatics. I could have made a series of works for each book.
It is my nature to ponder in making. I prefer to explore something I am engaged by on multiple levels over a series of pieces. Intuition, interests, and experience inspire research which folds back into new intuitions taking material form. Perhaps starting as a painter left a mode of adding and subtracting which is impractical to metalwork, or maybe because I’m a Libra, or commitment phobic…I can’t decide. However in this series, the challenge was to express an instinctive perception of each book into material, form, and jewelry.
In exhibition the books are presented on white washed plywood quasi library lecterns tailored to their individual size and haphazardly arranged in the space. The presentation allows the pieces to borrow authority from each other and from both the status and misunderstanding of installation as a format.
But, it is endearing. It resembles a room full of people milling about. They are all wearing the same uniform on a variety of body types. Some are more matronly, some a bit frail, and others sturdily scientific. A sense of sociability develops, first suggested by the tables as figures themselves, then a figure standing at the table, and ultimately, that figure is you – surrounded by some quiet characters with whom you might have a conversation.”
from Sondra Sherman on the series Found Subjects
Sondra Sherman is Associate Professor of Art – Jewelry and Metalwork at San Diego State University. She was born in Philadelphia and attended Tyler School of Art at Temple University before receiving her MFA from the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Munich, Germany. Sherman has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Tiffany Foundation Emerging Artists Fellowship and a Fulbright grant. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Racine Art Museum, the Renwick Gallery-National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and the City Museum of Turnov, Czech Republic.