Ruminations: Cheryl Prisco
March 5 - August 7
Cheryl Prisco, The Taming of the Blue
Rumination (noun) 1. a deep and considered thought about something.
I am addicted to color and pattern, drawn to irreverence and visual dissonance. In place of paint and brush I cut, color, and shape wood elements, creating abstract low relief assemblages. The process of my work, the shaping and fitting, the painting and placement of multiple pieces, is the physical manifestation of rumination. My feelings, attitudes and concerns are visually recorded in color and composition. Each assemblage is a rumination, a story, one in the making and one in the viewing.
My technical approach is radically free-wielding by traditional woodworking standards. My desired effect is not symmetry or exacting ornamentation as in inlay but rather a more expressive and painterly approach characterized by qualities of color and texture.
Cheryl Prisco, Hatchet Moon
Cheryl Prisco, Fractured
Cheryl Prisco, Empty Utopia
As with all artists, I need to make for my overall wellbeing; it is a necessity, a compulsion. I did not surrender to it completely until relatively recently at the age of 55. Now two years in, which has included 15 exhibitions, honors including two artist grants, purchase prize award, best of show award and a public art commission– I am making up for lost time. Why now? I cannot say for certain but I believe it was the experience of almost losing my partner back in 2017. That abrupt reminder of mortality and transience has made me feel an intensity and urgency in everything. My work reflects this intensity visually in color and tactile dimensionality.
— Cheryl Prisco
About the Artist
Cheryl Prisco is an abstract artist based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She was born in Connecticut but has lived most of her adult life in the South– sixteen years in Savannah, Georgia and eleven years in Boone, North Carolina.