CHERIE TRUESDELL  

Cherie Truesdell's art strives to portray the emotional and metaphysical nature of man using symbols, color palette, and constructed narrative. She is drawn to themes of metamorphosis, impermanence, and interpersonal relationships. Many of Truesdell's images have Christian undertones, and employ recurring motifs such as water, submersion, vulnerability, and looking upward with eyes wide shut. These elements reflect her personal belief that humans are fragile, blind, and irreparably flawed  yet eternally hopeful in the midst of a hostile world.

Each image is planned months before production, beginning with an individual rough sketch and a color story. Next, Truesdell selects props, costumes, and models that exemplify the symbolism and emotion Truesdell works to evoke in the viewer. She often uses vintage and found objects to emphasize impermanence and the passage of time. Finally, she builds the set and assembles the production team. After capturing all of the images, Truesdell reviews every one to ensure the symbolic language remains consistent and each detail reflects the overarching theme. Finished images can be described as surreal, contemplative, and other-worldly.

"Creating art helps me understand my own private internal landscape and how it colors my world perception, personal narrative, and life choices. I am fascinated by how and to what degree our subconscious undercurrents of complex emotions, belief structures, culture, and shared narratives make us unique, interdependent, and human." 

 

 

MILK SERIES

Due to a religious upbringing, I've always been interested in the brevity of life and acutely aware of my own mortality. What happens at the end of earthly life? Do we dissipate into white light or are we baptized into the land of milk and honey? As an adult, I find myself thinking more about what we carry with us when we go- our hopes and dreams, our struggles, our life experiences, our accumulated knowledge. Often we carry with us the only remaining memories of loved ones from the past. In this series, I use constructed tableau of a model submerged in milk to explore themes of impermanence and the bittersweet sorrow of letting go.

Works available in a variety of sizes and mediums. Select images to view options.

 

 

DIRT SERIES

Humankind is made of both dirt and the divine yet is at one with neither.  Encased in our bodies of dust, we strive for redemption and transcendence.  We struggle. We scour. We reach. We burgeon- even as we tarnish and disintegrate.  This work explores themes of growth and decay, original sin and redemption, and perseverance despite futility.   We see a girl quietly engaged in daily rituals of self-cleaning while entombed in dark, loamy garden soil.  As the girl comes undone, a bloom of brightly colored flowers emerge.  This imagery reflects my personal belief that humans are fragile, blind, and irreparably flawed yet eternally hopeful in the midst of a hostile world.

To create this series, I built a 6x8 foot raised garden bed on my back patio and filled it with planting soil and live plants and flowers.  The model had to be dug in and out between each shot.  The images were photographed from a ladder positioned seven feet above the planter.

Works available in a variety of sizes and mediums. Select images to view options.


 

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