Featured Artist Cheryl Maeder

Photographer Cheryl Maeder focuses her camera on the tension between reality and the abstract, encouraging viewers to perceive the world in a new way. See more of her work by visiting her website.

 

“Submerge, Judith I” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45” by artist Cheryl Maeder. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Submerge, Judith I” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45”

 

My work is constantly evolving. In the twenty five years that I have been a photographer and filmmaker, the changes in my work have come from my experiences and inside of me. I grew up in northern New Jersey—the land of shopping malls. Sometimes, on the weekends, my parents would take us to the countryside where I would see cows and horses grazing. This was so magical to me.

 

“Submerge I” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45”by artist Cheryl Maeder. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Submerge I” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45”

 

In my early twenties, I took off for the Swiss Alps where I finally got to milk the cows! I lived and studied in Switzerland for eight years, where I expanded my technique and vision of nature and beauty.

 

“Submerge V” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45” by artist Cheryl Maeder. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Submerge V” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45”

 

I returned to the United States and opened my photography studio in San Francisco. I did photography for major advertising and fashion campaigns. I transitioned from photographing fashion models to photographing real women.

 

“Cloud Nine I” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45” by artist Cheryl Maeder. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Cloud Nine I” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45”

 

I wanted to celebrate the beauty of women of all shapes and sizes. My photography work became the inspiration for the global Dove Campaign on “Real Women, Real Beauty” which helped to transform the way women are perceived in the media. In 2005, I relocated my studio to the Miami area and immersed myself in the art of photography and filmmaking.

 

“Blue Moonlight” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45” by artist Cheryl Maeder. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blue Moonlight” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45”

 

My work is a collage of saturated memories from my early childhood, infused with my expanding adventures from my travels and everyday life. My defining moment came while traveling through the Costa Brava coastal towns of Spain; there, I began experimenting using my camera as a painter uses a paintbrush.

 

“Everglades I” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45” by artist Cheryl Maeder. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Everglades I” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45”

 

Seeing the world through painterly eyes, I began to deeply explore the relationship between the familiar and the abstract. My goal is for the viewer to see the world in a larger reality—what appears to be clear and in focus is only our perception. This adds tension and mystery to my images.

 

“Submerge” Public Art Video Installation, City of West Palm Beach for Canvas Outdoor Museum Exhibition by artist Cheryl Maeder. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Submerge” Public Art Video Installation, City of West Palm Beach for Canvas Outdoor Museum Exhibition

 

While the core of my work is photography, my investigation into video and large scale installations has expanded my visual world. By becoming immersed in the world of new technologies, and shifting between different mediums, new opportunities for rewarding and creative collaborations have occurred for large scale installations.

 

“Celestial Babies I” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45” by artist Cheryl Maeder. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Celestial Babies I” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45”

 

My photography work is in the permanent collection the Frost Museum in Miami and is exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton and the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.

 

Cheryl Maeder, Photographer & Filmmaker, exhibiting at Scope Art Fair/Miami, Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris giving Artist Talk to Center for Photography/Santa Fe Art Tour. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Cheryl Maeder, Photographer & Filmmaker, exhibiting at Scope Art Fair/Miami, Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris giving Artist Talk to Center for Photography/Santa Fe Art Tour

 

I was selected for a  solo exhibition at the Miami International Airport in September of 2016 by The Fine Art & Cultural Affairs Board of MIA. The Public Art Installation, Submerge, was exhibited by the City of West Palm Beach for Canvas Outdoor Museum. My photographs were selected by Art Miami/Art Southampton in 2015 to represent Art Southampton worldwide in their global print and online media.

 

“Celestial Babies, Submerge I” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45” by artist Cheryl Maeder. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Celestial Babies, Submerge I” Archival Photograph mounted on Plexiglas, ed. of 10, 30” x 45”

 

My photographs have been auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York and are collected worldwide, including Shanghai, Paris, London, Istanbul, Miami and Toronto.

 

Artist Cheryl Maeder invites you to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Amazing.

  2. Cheryl this is fabulous. what a wonderful way to see the trajectory of your vision and working life as a photographer! Your work is inviting, delicious and mind expanding.

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