CHERIE TRUESDELL  

ARTIST STATEMENT

In my art I strive to portray the emotional and metaphysical nature of man using symbols, color palette, and constructed narrative. I am drawn to themes of metamorphosis, impermanence, and interpersonal relationships. Many of my images have Christian undertones and employ recurring motifs such as water, submersion, vulnerability, and looking upward with eyes wide shut. These elements reflect my personal belief that humans are fragile, blind, and irreparably flawed  yet eternally hopeful in the midst of a hostile world.

Each image is planned months before production, beginning with an individual rough sketch and a color story. Next, I select the props, costumes, and models. I often use vintage and found objects to emphasize impermanence and the passage of time. Lastly, I build the set and assemble a production team. I review each image to ensure the symbolic language remains consistent and each detail reflects the overarching theme. Finished images can be described as surreal, contemplative, and other-worldly.

Creating art helps me understand my own private internal landscape and how it colors my world perception, personal narrative, and life choices. I am fascinated by how and to what degree our subconscious undercurrents of complex emotions, belief structures, culture, and shared narratives make us unique, interdependent, and human.   


 

WORD WEAVINGS

Included in the our current show is the artist’s trademarked Word Weaving® series. These intimate oil crayon drawings emerged from what Page characterizes as a frenzy of journaling. In these complex, layered works on paper, every stroke in the work is a written expression of overlapping text from poems, letters, song lyrics, and original writings.

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