I recently switched from welding to mosaic and, after working in shades of rust for 20+ years, I am overwhelmed by all the pretty colors! I've also found that breaking stuff is as fun as lighting things on fire. Yay! Between collaborations and commissions I spend my time communing with skulls and experimenting with materials ranging from shiny glass to shards of ceramic to natural stones. Additional photos and details provided upon request.
The skulls I embellish are provided by local ranchers. A lot of time is spent cleaning, fixing and simply sitting with each skull, and only one skull is worked on at a time. My hope as an artist is that by listening quietly to the spirits of these animals and allowing them to guide my design I can offer them a new opportunity to shine brightly and be cherished.
Working directly in thinset, Sheri creates the "Unearthed" Series by combining an unusual mix of materials to create small vignettes. The focus is on contrast - light to dark, smooth to rough, shiny to matte, rigid to organic. These pieces are tactile 3-dimensional compositions of foraged stones, shards of tile, Italian glass smalti, crystals, shipwreck debris and other objects that could appear to have been recently dug or washed up - basically, they have been unearthed.