Featured Artist Sherry Karver

Artist Sherry Karver explores the sociology of modern life through her photography, using digital technology combined with narrative text. Enjoy her provocative artwork by visiting her website.

 

“At Motion and Rest” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 36" x 42" x 2" by artist Sherry Karver. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“At Motion and Rest” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 36″ x 42″ x 2″

 

Growing up in Chicago as an only child, before the age of computers, I always made art projects as a way to entertain myself. In college I got sidetracked and went for a B.A. in Sociology instead of art, but later went back for my M.F.A. in ceramics/glass at Tulane University.

 

“Everything We Call Coincidence” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 36" x 36" x 2" by artist Sherry Karver. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Everything We Call Coincidence” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 36″ x 36″ x 2″

 

Ceramics has been a very important part of my life, and I had a successful career in it for twenty years. I still teach ceramics on the college level, but in my own work I switched to photo-based painting with narrative text about fifteen years ago. This was a gradual transition, not a sudden change.

 

“Everybody's Looking For Someone” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 32" x 32" x 2" by artist Sherry Karver. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Everybody’s Looking For Someone” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 32″ x 32″ x 2″

 

My work originates from photographs I have taken on city streets and in iconic buildings such as Grand Central Terminal and the Metropolitan museum.

 

“Between Myth and Reality” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 40" x 24" x 2" by artist Sherry Karver. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Between Myth and Reality” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, Resin on Wood Panel, 40″ x 24″ x 2″

 

In my work I am pushing the boundaries of traditional painting and photography by using digital technology, and combining them with narrative text and resin surface on wood panels.

 

Detail of text from “Between Myth and Reality” by artist Sherry Karver. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Detail of text from “Between Myth and Reality”

 

Besides Chicago, I have lived in New Orleans, New York, San Diego, and now Oakland, so my work is informed by the multitude of issues we encounter living in a metropolitan area:  loneliness and alienation in our fast-paced society, the concept of personal identity and the loss of it, the passage of time, the individual as part of the crowd, and how we can stand out from the “sea of sameness,” since we each have our own unique voices and stories to tell. I guess my Sociology background is finally coming into play!

 

“Unfinished Stories” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 30" x 40" x 2" by artist Sherry Karver. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Unfinished Stories” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 30″ x 40″ x 2″

 

I began writing text over some of the figures in my photos as a way to personalize or individualize people, and make them stand out from the crowd. These brief stories are from my imagination, based solely on the figure’s appearance or stance. By using text in my work, it adds another layer, and gives the viewer a chance to “experience” the artwork, and become part of the process by reading it.

 

Detail of text from “Unfinished Stories”by artist Sherry Karver. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Detail of text from “Unfinished Stories”

 

When I am sitting in a café or walking down the street, I become a “people watcher,” and often wonder who somebody is, what they do for a living, etc. Maybe this is a bit of voyeurism or just plain curiosity that many of us have about others.

 

“The Past Isn't What It Used To Be” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 30" x 40" x 2" by artist Sherry Karver. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Past Isn’t What It Used To Be” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 30″ x 40″ x 2″

 

Often I incorporate black & white vintage photos and “ghost-like” images with my contemporary shots, which represent the passage of time – everyone that has been there before us, and those who will be there in the future.

 

“The Past Is the Past” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 30" x 45" x 2" by artist Sherry Karver. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Past Is the Past” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 30″ x 45″ x 2″

 

The figures are often caught in movement, conveying our individual journeys where we are all “collectively alone.”

 

“The Sequential Nature of Time” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 40" x 30" x 2" by artist Sherry Karver. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Sequential Nature of Time” Photo Images, Oil, Narrative Text, and Resin on Wood Panel, 40″ x 30″ x 2″

 

I am not a “romantic” artist. I don’t wait for inspiration to hit me or for the muse to arrive. I work six days a week on art and related business. I work well under pressure, I like deadlines and commitments, and only sell through galleries. Making art is hard work!

 

 

 

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