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A painter, printmaker, and musician, I consistently have been drawn to art forms that are sympathetic to structure yet open to improvisation. I am interested in the interplay of color, line, and shape where relationships of harmony and balance play a significant role. Recent investigations into the mathematical expression of the proportional ratio found in nature and known as the Golden Section have, at times, had an influence on my work. This formula provides a means of recognizing and understanding the intricate connections between all things. Encaustic, an ancient medium of molten beeswax, resin, and pigment, has allowed me to pursue the layering and scraping back that I find integral to my process of painting. The translucence created by the wax and resin yields a wonderful appearance of illumination from within. Always demanding, sometimes to the point of frustration, encaustic provides a balance of chaos and structure that satisfies while at the same time challenges my ongoing desire for problem solving.
My work today is a culmination of many years of painting, thinking and experiencing. My urban pop expressionist work is created by sifting through material to find just the right imagery that connects to establish a particular narrative. This art mixes my background of typography, mixed media collage, abstract expressionism and cubism.
SHERRI BELASSEN uses shapes and colors in a contemporary manner to create her unique artwork. Her work often portrays animals and figures in earth tones resonant with her Arizona home. She was born and raised in Indianapolis and attended the University of Missouri on a full track and field scholarship while majoring in fine arts. Her dreams of making the Olympics were derailed by a sports injury. She then channeled her energies fully into art, graduating form Indiana University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She credits her inspiration in design and composition to trips she took as a child with her father in his two-seater airplane. The patterns and colors of the landscape informed her later aesthetic, which is built around defined blocks of color. “In life and art, I try to stay true to myself and listen to my own voice.”
"My photography is foremost about bold color and composition. Often tightly cropped and composed in a straightforward manner which is intended to focus attention to the main subject, my photographs can almost be heard saying “here I am, I bet you didn’t look at me in this way before.” Cultural artifacts, signs and structures that would often be overlooked form a core part of my subject matter, and bring to mind questions about the cultural origins and uses of these objects. Printed in acrylic, my photographic prints reflect and illuminate the vibrant colors and depth within."