Sherie Harkins

Sherie Harkins

Artist Statement
My still lifes have always been about the juxtaposition of tangible objects and what they represent. Formal elements that brush up against each other creating a visual cue for the stories we hold and the ones we have lost. I am painting these connections; mortal and immortal, strong and fragile, glorious and heartbreaking.

Recently I have begun a journey of tremendous change. I am working through a vision of Shift, symbolized by the melting ice caught in transformation, and starting a series of illumination moments, Thin Places, where we sense a tiny glimpse of the eternal. The future is looking mighty exciting; full of potential, informed by the miracles of the past, and with an edge that is just a little bit scary.

Recent Work – Shift
I started this series with a fascination for the state of being in flux, and a painterly desire to convey a sensory experience of wetness and light. As I have continued working, the pieces have become a representation of the transitions within myself; the changes occurring on the inside and the outside, and an awareness of shifting time. The ices melting are supported by the substance of their own former solidity, while still echoing the space they inhabit. They reveal their imperfections in beautiful ways that allow the light to be reflected and magnified, and they respond to their environment with a graceful fluidity that I would like to make my own.

Here are a few examples of her work.