There’s something about Deedee Cheriel‘s work that I really like – there’s a North American Indian feeling to her paintings, a shamanistic view of animals, very niaf, full of symbolism. She’s currently showing her work in a group exhibition called ‘Unnatural – Natural History’ at The Royal West Of England Academy, Bristol, England. The exhibition is seen as an artistic exploration of an alternative world, a world where the dominant species are not human and natural objects are metamorphosed into unexpected and unnatural forms, a place in which genetic mutations and environmental pressure have altered the natural course of evolution.
Now a little about Deedee:
She started out designing record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early ‘90s and by 19 had her own band and record label. Influenced by the DIY culture of that time she played in several all-girl bands and co – produced the semi – autobiographical film ‘Down and Out with the Dolls’.
From her website it’s said about her work
She explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world. With influences derived from such opposites as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, her images are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort. Bold elements drawn from landscapes -both urban and natural- and pop culture suggest the ability to find commonalities and relationships between ourselves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest towards love.
If you’re in and about Bristol over the next two months the exhibition runs at The Royal West Of England Academy, Bristol until Sunday 23rd September 2012
Exhibition: 14th July – 23rd September 2012
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