Cheri Isgreen holding mixed media sculpture, SeaHorse. Image ©K.Burke
By Kathryn R. Burke
Cheri Isgreen. Have you been following her work? A lot of us have and we’re in a constant state of wonder. Her work is phenomenal, ever-evolving. There are no limits to Cheri’s creativity.
Take horses—it’s a common theme for Cheri. Which is not surprising, since she’s loved these animals since she was a child. Her fascination with how horses move, the way their bodies work and communicate through motion, has never been more apparent than in her current work: mixed media paintings and sculptures that incorporate a variety of mediums and found objects.
SeaHorse sculpture features pearls, bejeweled flipflops and sculpted shell for her tail. By Cheri Isgreen. Courtesy Photo.
SeaHorse, the sculpture Cheri is holding (detail pictured above), is a mixed media piece fashioned from ceramic, forsythia (wood) for the legs, pearls, shells, coral, bejeweled flipflops, and a leather thong. The finish is hand-rubbed, mineral pigments. “I enjoy designing and assembling each element that will reveal the horse’s personality and gender,” Cheri says. “SeaHorse has a sculpted shell for her tail.”
Moment of Suspension, mixed media sculpture by Cheri Isgreen. Courtesy photo.
Mixed media paintings of equines in motion also dominate her current work. Moment of Suspension combines watercolor, guache, and mineral pigments. This horse fairly leaps from the painting. The color and gesture radiate joy. You can feel it as well as see it. This is a happy horse, jumping for joy, and watching her—yes, you are watching, not just looking; this is not a “flat” depiction, but a very three-dimensional experience—you are jumping for joy along with her. “In the moment of suspension, the horse is released from gravity and appears to fly,” Cheri explains. Watching Cheri’s joyful horse, it feels like we can fly, too!