Motivated by mythmaking, poetics and Jungian concepts, Sherry Erskine examines fragmented states of consciousness through performance, lens-based media and installation. Embodiment and improvisational performance are central to her working process. In performance, she returns to her self as the subject – becoming at once the performer and stage manager in the preparation of materials. Materials such as gauze and fabric create liminal thresholds and transitional spaces from which to examine inner struggles and stages of life. Fabric creates texture and form in the folds to suggest transformation to another entity or archetypal figure. By juxtaposing fragments of images or creating theatrical spaces that allude to myths of self, journey or transformation, she invites the viewer to consider dream states at multiple levels – the personal or collective. Sherry Erskine's art work in lens based media and installation recently earned awards including funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts through the Bay Area Video Coalition San Francisco for video preservation (2018-2017); being long-listed by the Royal Dublin Society Visual Art Awards (2017); selected to round two by Aesthetica Magazine London, UK (2016); and selected for The Royal College of Art and Design London Exchange Program (2016). Select exhibitions include Dow Museum of Art, ArtPrize Connection, Midland, MI (June-Sept 2018); Spectrum Theater, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI (Sept-Oct 2017); CO–LATERAL and Between Three Worlds, Burren College of Art Gallery, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, IE (Dec-Jan 2017 and April 2017); Begauze, VI PER Gallery, Prague, CZ (Sept 2016); Recurrent, National University of Ireland Gallery Solo Exhibition, Galway, IE (April-Sept, 2016); and Gauze Series, La Mama Galleria Family Show, New York City, NY (Dec 2016). Raised in Detroit, Sherry earned a Master of Fine Art in interdisciplinary lens based media from the National University of Ireland Galway Burren College of Art in 2017 and both a Master of Art Education and a Bachelor of Fine Art with high honor in graphic design from Michigan State University in 1977. Her career in the arts has encompassed a wide array of interdisciplinary interests and experiences ranging from co-founder of One-Twenty in the Shade Art Gallery (Lansing, MI), vocalist on two vinyl EPs for Trainable [7X33 and Doubletake], and technical director for The Asia Society (New York City). Since 1988, she has been the Vice President of Education for GOH Productions, a non-profit international arts services organization based in New York City. Sherry Erskine’s extensive teaching career includes public school Visual Art and college level Art Education. She left the faculty of College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI) in 2018 to focus on her artistic practice.
Sherry's ArtPrize Entries
These are Sherry's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Sherry's Past Work
These are images of past work that Sherry has done.