Cheryll Leo-Gwin, Multi-Media Artist
Cheryll Leo-Gwin considers herself as a “maker of things”. She earned her MFA in metal design at the University of Washington in 1977, and since has created work in a variety of materials from jewelry scaled 2 and 3-D work to large scale public art. Her love of experimentation found her in research and development in the early 1980’s where she discovered new processes for artists to create work in porcelain enamels. This experience continues to influence her work. Exploring new materials and processes, her most recent work uses images from her own sculpture, painting, and photographic images which she isolates, recombines, then translates into large digital prints. As an arts administrator in higher education as well as a state, county and local arts commissioner, her work reflects a sensitivity to public consciousness and social justice. Her current work focuses around issues relative to the US Chinese Exclusion Act of 1883-1943; China's Cultural Revolution; and the Civil Rights Act of 1965 as she compares and contrasts the cultures of East and West.
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“Alice in Wonderland” has been and still is one of my favorite stories since childhood. Our heroine navigates an underground world with a rabbit where juxtaposition of shapes, images, scale and logic mimic the perceptions encountered in defining one’s own reality. The story invites one to examine a surreal world of opposites where one can create mental exercises for amusement or for serious contemplation. Today, time continues to play those head games with me and I find myself still immersed in parallel worlds of opposites. From a very feminine perspective, the juxtaposition of the various opposing human emotions and conditions, and the parallel worlds of opposites are my work.
PAINTING PRINTS PUBLIC ART
For several years I've been intrigued with digital processes and the Giclee Print. The thought of taking my own imagery from decades past, cutting them out and recombining them into different compositions made perfect sense in terms of time and preserving my favorite metaphors and images. My work is informed by how I perceive the world and how I experience it. The oral histories and photographs I've collected over the years come together to describe parallel worlds and worlds of opposites. My hope is that the viewer will bring their own stories to the work and interpret my work in unexpected ways.
This set of 13 giclee prints is made in an edition of 10.