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. Utilizing unfinished videotapes from 1976 to 1978, fabric and architectural structures, she experiments with archetypal imagery to develop self-portraits spanning forty years. 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. Recent awards include 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 (2017-2018), being long-listed by the Royal Dublin Society (2017), selected to round two by Aesthetica Magazine (2016), short-listed by Gallery 126 Open Call (2016), residency in The Royal College of Art and Design London Exchange Program (2016), NEA-funding through the Bay Area Video Coalition San Francisco, for video preservation (2015), and residency at Polli Talu Fine Arts Center in Estonia (2013). Select exhibitions include CO–LATERAL, Burren College of Art Gallery (April 2017); Between Three Worlds, Burren College of Art Gallery (Dec-Jan 2017); Begauze, VI PER Gallery, Prague (Sept 2016); Recurrent, National University of Ireland Staff Club Solo Exhibition, Galway (April-Sept, 2016); The Gauze Series, La Mama Galleria Family Show, New York City (Dec 2016); PhotoIreland Group Show, Burren College of Art Gallery (Oct 2015); and Doing the Rounds, Avenue C Studio Solo Exhibition, New York City (May-June 2015).
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.