Cheryl McGinnis Gallery
Gallery Artists Serena Gidwani Buschi
I have parallel themes that flow through my paintings, drawings, and installations generally; these have been the resources I gather to make meaning for my life. One is more concrete, where the strongest influence is the sensual, rich and vibrant colors of my mother’s sari fabrics, the use of flower petals in various cultural ceremonies and the ornamented objects that resonate with personal stories and of craftsmanship. The other is more philosophical, pertaining to the myriad discussions with my father regarding physics and the laws of nature. The idea that all matter is an illusion, that we are energy that is derived from the vibration of pulse, wave and form has been at the core of my most recent work that includes references to nature as well as constructs of varied systems of belief/science. The observer is the creator of illusions, structures set up in order to understand nature. The field of quantum mechanics generates much thought for me regarding nature and its "relative realities" as it may pertain to layers of consciousness. Visually I try to do the same in my work. I employ various media concentrating on the use of encaustic, a paint made from a mixture of pigment, beeswax and resin, fused by heat after application. Included within the layers of the paintings are any one or combination of media including collage, watercolor, ink, oil, and graphite, at times using textiles, paper, thread, enamel, glass and flower petals. I also employ these materials toward installations as it suits my artistic voice for a particular idea. SOLO, TWO PERSON AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2013 Flora Sutra L= T- V, Flatiron Prow Art Space, Cheryl McGinnis & Sprint, New York 2010 Radial Patterning, Cheryl Mcginnis, New York Art Hamptons International Fine Art Fair, Cheryl McGinnis, New York Encaustic: Wax and Image, Westchester Community College Center for the Arts 2009 South Asian Contemporary Works, SICA, NY 2008 Illuminated Manuscripts, Cheryl McGinnis, New York, NY 2007 Asian Contemporary Art Fair, Pier 92, Cheryl McGinnis, New York, NY Wild Flowers, Gallery at Buck House, New York, NY Sheer Beauty, Flushing Town Hall, Cheryl McGinnis, New York, NY 2006 Mother Lode, Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York, NY 2005 Small Works,Westchester Community College, NY Collage, Assemblage & Construction , Gallery 402, New York, NY 2003 Recent Works, Donald Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY 2002 Generations III , A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY Inside and Out, Essex Art Association, Essex, Connecticut Artists for Artists , BQE, Brooklyn, New York, NY 2001 Grassroots, Gallery-on-the-Hudson, NY 2000 Houses, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, NY 1999 Self & Identity, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, NY Women's Visions , Macy Gallery, Columbia University, NY 1998 Woman’s Visions, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, NY Redefining Portrait , Macy Gallery, Columbia University, NY 1997 Woman’s Visions, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, NY Politics and Memory , Macy Gallery, Columbia University, NY EDUCATION 1991 Manhattan College 1996 Fashion Institute of Technology, Sportswear Design, New York 1999 Teachers College Columbia University 2005 New York Studio School, New York, Joe Santori, Erik Holtzman 2007,2008,2009.2010 R&F Encaustic Workshop, Laura Moriarty, Russell Thurston, Lisa Pressman, Rebecca Crowell

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