My personal forms of expression intend to convey my response to the essence of nature and consciousness in my paintings. There is a long tradition in Asia of this approach to art-making, both in India and China. This shows up in how I draw flowers, mountains, and other natural forms and in how my brush moves, including in my non-representational work. Energy, essence, emotion translate my inner experience. 

When it comes to recognizable imagery, flowers and plants seem to be my thing. I'm painting them a lot, and their ideograms are my favorite Chinese calligraphy exercises. I love that in his book Hindu Iconography, sculptor/architect Ganapati Sthapati advocates not copying directly but capturing “their intangible qualities and significance…the essence of the forms rather than direct copies of their natural shapes…observed, understood, well-savoured, and the response of the artist.” How very Taoist! And very Sherri!

 

My real artist statement is the artwork itself and my own life. More reveals itself to me daily in the studio as paintings in gouache, pastels, and mineral pigment; mixed media art; collage; photography, and whatever other artforms emerge, frequently as a surprise.

Art is a doorway, the freshness of the fountain within.

  Rising 3  from the In the Pink series. Sherri Silverman. Gouache and pastel on Arches Cover paper. 2014. 24" x 15.5".

Rising 3 from the In the Pink series. Sherri Silverman. Gouache and pastel on Arches Cover paper. 2014. 24" x 15.5".

 

Subtle levels of the mechanics of creation and various forms of symbolism  spontaneously dance across these pieces of paper. My art is an exploration of my inner images and the images I see in the world around me in nature, books, and art. My inspiration comes from quiet interior states, meditation experiences, and contemplative creative time. My artistic goals include creating work that expands and enlivens consciousness, that nourishes the soul, that heals and evokes happiness and wholeness in the world. I want to make a lasting contribution by delving into the mystery of creating something from nothing.

                                                                                 Art is intuitive

                                                                                 satisfying

                                                                                 fun

                                                                                 a flow of creativity and

                                                                                 a flow of consciousness

                                                                                 movement within silence

                                                                                 enlivening

                                                                                following of one’s own Self for the healing of all

                                                                                enlightening oneself and the viewers of the art