Motivated by myth-making, poetics and Jungian theory, Sherry Erskine’s work in lens-based media investigates performative and experimental approaches to self-portraiture. Through photography or video, Sherry examines personal ‘myths of transformation’ through encounters with chosen liminal sites. Utilizing surrealist techniques and manipulation of multiple layers of her work, larger psychological or metaphysical themes emerge. ____________________________________________________________________________ Sherry Erskine's work in lens based media and art education recently earned awards including a grant from the US Dept. of State Fulbright Specialist's Program; funding from The Mellon Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts through the Bay Area Video Coalition; being long-listed by the Royal Dublin Society Visual Art Awards; and selected to round two by Aesthetica Magazine. ____________________________________________________________________________ Residencies include ARTLab at Nagenda International Academy of Art and Design, Entebbe, Uganda; Diani Beach Art Gallery, Kwale, Kenya; The Royal College of Art and Design, London, UK; and Polli Talu Fine Arts Center, Rame küla, Estonia. ____________________________________________________________________________ Sherry’s work has been curated and exhibited by national and international organizations. Select exhibition venues include La MaMa Galleria, La MaMa Etc Experimental Theater, Atlantic Gallery, Yiddish NY at the Stanton Street Shul, Art In Odd Places, and Theater for the New City, each in New York City; The Scarab Club, The Muskegon Museum of Art and Alden B. Dow Museum of Art, each in Michigan; Manifest Gallery in Cincinnatti, OH; the National University of Ireland Galway in Ireland; VI PER Galleria in Prague, CZ; and the Nagenda International Academy of Art and Design Seyna Art Museum in Namulanda, Uganda. ____________________________________________________________________________ Sherry Erskine co-founded IGUANA Coalition with life long collaborators, Bonnie Sue Stein and John K Erskine in 1976 (the name changed to Collaborative in 2019). Iguana creates hybrid interdisciplinary works utilizing lens-based media, performance, installation and sound art. ____________________________________________________________________________ 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 and both a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Master of Art Education from Michigan State University. Sherry’s 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 Performing Arts Center, NY, NY. Since 1988, she has been the Vice President of Education for GOH Productions, a non-profit international arts services organization founded by Bonnie Sue Stein in New York City. Sherry Erskine’s extensive teaching career includes public school visual art and college level art education.
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.