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Sue Meyerhoff Sharples Exhibition

 

About the Artist

Taken from Susan Meyerhoff Sharples' Website 

Susan Meyerhoff Sharples

My work is concerned with evolution, provocative defence systems and the primal instinct for survival achieved via diversity and adaptation. Repetition is a constant element in the work: repetition within diversity and diversity within repetition.

I create hybrid sculptural forms exposing a glimpse of evolutionary fantasy, suggesting relationships between ancient organisms and their modern descendants. Their ambiguity reflects cultural, social and environmental concerns of identity, protection, genetic engineering and global warming. Viewed from a playful perspective, they transform a materials utilitarian functionality into mythical forms linking prehistoric with futuristic.

The work is executed through the appropriation of material and skills generally used within the construction, engineering and craft industries.

The Exhibition

Our Press Release

The Vitreum, one of Merseyside's most exciting new art galleries based at the Senior Girls' School is showing the work of Wirral modern sculptor Susan Meyerhoff Sharples,
The former accountant turned to art in her early forties, eventually qualifying with a first class degree from John Moores in 2003.
Originally working in textiles Susan turned to iron and industrial materials as she sought to explore more challenging themes.
Susan said: "My work is concerned with evolution, provocative defence systems and the primal instinct for survival achieved via diversity and adaptation. Repetition is a constant element in the work: repetition within diversity and diversity within repetition."
Susan added: "I create hybrid cultural forms exposing a glimpse of evolutionary fantasy, suggesting relationships between ancient organisms and their modern descendants. Their ambiguity reflects cultural, social and environmental concerns of identity, protection, genetic engineering and global warming. Viewed from a playful perspective, they transform a material's utilitarian functionality into mythical forms linking the prehistoric with the futuristic."
The Schools have made a pledge to display the work of the region's most imaginative artists giving both the local community and its pupils an opportunity to discover the electrifying range of Liverpool's artistic talent.
The Vitreum has been specially designed to cascade natural light onto the art work, giving viewers space for observation from different perspectives, reflection and discussion.
Mr Gill, Director of Art, said: "The studio gallery provides a unique opportunity for our students to be inspired by the work of contemporary artists, across a range of media including 2D painting, sculpture, installations or video performance."
He added: "Susan displays a wide range of processes, techniques and formats, all underpinned by a love of craft which produces highly sensitive yet powerful outcomes. You have to search for the meanings behind these mysterious forms and they are meant to be ambiguous."
A Level artists Jenny Kickhefer, 17, and Hannah Marsden, 17, were captivated by the exhibition. Jenny said: "It is fascinating to see how Susan has transformed mundane materials into works of art that have a multitude of meanings."
Hannah added: "It is wonderful to see an artist bridge the gap between fantasy and reality."

Sue Sharples

Susan Meyerhoff Sharples

Susan Meyerhoff Sharples