Sondra Sherman | Found Subjects
July 8 – August 6, 2011
Sondra Sherman is Associate Professor of Art and Head of the Jewelry and Metalwork Program at San Diego State University, CA. She received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Art, Munich GERMANY, and her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA She has been the recipient of many awards including Individual Artist Fellowships from the Rhode Island Council on the Arts (2002, 2005) Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Emerging Artists Fellowship (2001), Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1990) the Mid-Atlantic Regional National Endowment for the Arts (1989) as well as a Fulbright Scholarship for Study Abroad (1988). Sherman’s artwork is included in the following public collections: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, the Racine Art Museum, WI, the Renwick Gallery-National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, DC, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, RI, and the City Museum of Turnov, Czech Republic. Her work has been published in Europe and the U.S., including, including the recent Jewelry by Artists: 1940-2000 (Boston MFA 2010)
I am fascinated by the dual nature of jewelry, it is intimately located and publicly presented. Its affect exceeds it scale through its mobility- its moving about in the world. I explore this distinctive voice of jewelry in its power to both hold personal meaning and instigate social exchange. Interpretation is compelled by virtue of the overt rejection or exaggerated embrace of subjects and forms associated with vernacular jewelry and the site of an individual identity / the body. My intention is to reflect a sensitivity and purposeful consciousness to both the intimate and social sphere of its wearer / viewer.