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MILK: Works by Cherie Truesdell at gallery43.2

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MILK: photography by Cherie Truesdell

gallery43 is pleased to present MILK, featuring the works of Cherie Truesdell. The solo exhibit features a capsule collection of 16 images and will be on view from May 4 through May 25, 2018. The exhibit opens as part of the popular First Friday Art Walk on the Marietta Square, May 4, 5pm-9pm. 


"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." 

Images are available as limited editions fine art prints which are signed and numbered. Shipping and framing not included. Images are printed on Crystal Archive paper.


In my art I strive to portray the emotional and metaphysical nature of man using symbols, color palette, and constructed narrative. I am drawn to themes of metamorphosis, impermanence, and interpersonal relationships. Many of my images have Christian undertones and employ recurring motifs such as water, submersion, vulnerability, and looking upward with eyes wide shut. These elements reflect my 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, I select the props, costumes, and models. I often use vintage and found objects to emphasize impermanence and the passage of time. Lastly, I build the set and assemble a production team. I review each image 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.