Friday, August 10, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Anacostia Museum in Washington, DC of East of the River Sculptures and Murals. It was a wonderful experience! It was a great seeing great artwork in this part of the city. In Ward 7 and Ward 8 of Washington, DC is an area where there is a lot of negative press. I learned so much about public art in this part of the city.
July 27th: 6:00 pm Opening Reception and Artist Talk A New Show: #myDeanwood Honoring The Past to Create A Future
DeanwoodxDesign Deanwood is not Maryland, Deanwood is very much in the District of Columbia. A historically African American community in Northeast Washington, DC with a rich history, valued neighbors and beautiful green spaces. But it is so much more. The “more” however is overshadowed by the negative realities of unemployment and crime. The intent of this exhibition is to give honor and praise to history for we know it shapes our future. Highlighting a community with all of its facets not just its negative dimensions. The work displayed looks at process, connections, emotions, perspective and the sweetness of persistance. There is amazing talent woven through these works. It shows that tradition is present even when flipped into new meaning. The future is bright because our foundation is strong. #myDeanwood is wealthy when it comes to tradition and history. The next challenge is giving a new generation wings steeped in tradition and infused with their truth. Kimberly C. Gaines Curator/Creative Director DeanwoodxDesign
Monday, June 25, 2012
It has been about a year since I last posted. Why? There have been so many changes and events that have taken place since I last spoke to you. Last year I lost my father various breakups in relationships, transformation, travel, and self discovery. Finding the truth about others, their addictions, their dark sides. Processing discoverings, truths and trying the find the silver lining of it all. This process has led me to become disenchanted with my doll work and lost my sense of creativity. I had an artist block. You see what I do is a manifestation of my relationship with the Creator. My hands have power. To make, to love to heal and to create works of art. It is not by accident. When you disengage from the Creator then you disengage from life. You see it is not about other people and their stuff. It is about you, how you view yourself and thus how that interacts with others. Has this ever happen to you? I am now reemerging my senses and my art is calling me in a spiritual way to get back to work. I am beginning to work on a new series soon that will chronicle my journey within the last year to self-discovery, healing and loving myself for who I am and not simply what others would like for me to be or how they want to manipulate me for selfish gains, profit and otherwise. Being real with yourself and with others is the most precious gift you can ever give yourself. I have been truly amazed however, of the number of people who continue to follow this blog and on the Sankofa Studio Facebook Page. Truly phenomenal, given I have not been very active in the last year. This is the testiment to the power of the Sankofa Dolls and what they mean to people. I love you all for being patient with my journey and being there in your own silent way. Supporting me and I love you for that. People come and go in our lives for a reason. Some subtle and some not so subtle. We are taught by those who come into our lives to learn one of two things: how to be and how not to be. Negative situations happen to reinforce our healing and growth. We can choose to stay in a place where negativity lies and be reinforced by it or we can simply choose a better way. Whatever we want in life is based on our belief and connection to the source. Whatever that is for you. I am beginning to learn to breathe through my experiences and expand on who it is that I know I am and what I am striving to be. Now it is time to journey back to the spiritual place where my dolls evolve and where and when they are born. I look forward to having you there, supporting, cheering and loving me and Sankofa Doll Artistry. Namaste, Sherry
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Well, well, well... it is that time again. Passageways Artists Studios which Sankofa Doll Artistry is a member will be holding their Open Studio on Sunday, June 26th from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm in Riverdale Park, Maryland.
This is the first summer open studio we have had in quite some time. I invite you to come out and see my latest doll art, pins, and other mixed media work. Remember doll art makes great gifts for birthdays and other special occasions. In addition, I will be on hand to discuss that special commission you would like for yourself or a loved one.
Directions to the event is listed above. I hope you will consider joining me for doll art, refreshments and chit chat!