Michael Sherrill | Incandescent Bottles
|Biography Statement Ask the Artist|
Michael Sherill received a visual arts fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council in 1992. His work is in several major collections, including the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina. He's been making pots for more than 20 years. Originally, his work was completely functional, but it has evolved into work that is now wholly sculptural.
He has had solo exhibitions at the Western Carolina University in Cullowee, North Carolina, Wofford College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina and Sun-Up Gallery in Westerly, Rhode Island.
The work I do now was developed out of the interest in the things I see around me and the way those things stir and involve me.
When this work was first shown, I found that the viewer was drawn into it by the need to understand exactly what he or she was seeing. Viewers interacted with the work by having to figure out if what they perceived at first glance was actually what sat in front of them. This process stimulated them to question their visual impressions as well as to question me about the actual mechanics of making the object. I hope that my work offers a respite from the many visual "assaults" of our modern world. I am often overwhelmed by the complexities of the present day, the hectic pace at which we must run to keep up, and the constant difficulties we must overcome simply to survive from day to day.
I think the result of what I am doing stimulates the viewer to be inquisitive about what the eye is seeing. At the same time, the object itself is defined by its simplicity and straightforwardness.
Where do you get the ideas for your work?
Do you work alone on your craft, or with others?
Do you ever teach, or take on apprentices?
What's the most exciting part of creating your works?
What's the most difficult part of creating your works?
What sort of technology do you use in your work? Has the technology of your craft changed dramatically over the past 100 years?
Do you have any advice for somebody just starting out?
Can you share a "secret of the trade" with us--something nobody else knows or that you found out only after years of experience? Put another way--what do you wish somebody had told you when you were just starting out that might have saved you hours of wasted effort?
What are we missing by experiencing your work through the Internet and not seeing/hearing/feeling/smelling/touching it in person?
|Lincoln Seitzman||Michael Shuler|