I am an interdisciplinary artist based in the Hudson Valley region of New York. My art gives imaginative expression to the values of harmony with nature and environmental responsibility. It is deeply grounded in the belief in a universal energy running through all things. I imagine this energy as a living, visible form. 

 

I work with resin because of its unique qualities, including its willingness to adopt biomorphic forms. Like organic resin, it preserves and protects the insects I place within it. They are seemingly both ancient and alive- as if the specimens were just sleeping. Some of my pieces contain an entire deceased colony of honeybees which have been dwindling in number due to climate change and the use of pesticides; these have been donated by a local apiary. Some works contain the endangered Monarch butterfly, a quantity which have been donated by The Monarch Conservancy.  They are also dwindling in number due to the use of weed killer, fertilizer and genetically modified corn. Many pieces are lit from within with LED lights powered by solar panels; others are simply translucent and meant to conduct light naturally. 

 

My cast-polyester resin forms are like an ancestral sap, or an energy field containing a life-force. My sculptures, drawings and monoprints explore the relationship between primordial energy and the natural world. The inverted tornado shape is a cone of energy, ready to reanimate and restore what has been lost. This is informed by my experiences with neo-paganism and public ritual.

 

There are other influences in my work, such as my piece Spring of Springs, based on a quote by Thoreau-

“ I saw a striped snake run into the water, and he lay on the bottom, apparently without inconvenience, as long as I stayed there, or more than a quarter of an hour; perhaps because he had not yet fairly come out of the torpid state. It appeared to me that for a like reason men remain in their present low and primitive condition; but if they should feel the influence of the spring of springs arousing them, they would of necessity rise to a higher and more ethereal life.”

 

Through a re-enchantment of nature, I encourage the seeking of interconnectedness with all living things. My sculptures are emblematic of the transformation and revitalization that is possible within all of us.

 
photo by Robert Carrithers

photo by Robert Carrithers

Laurie Sheridan CV 2018

 

HONORS

2018  Travel and Materials Grant, Swiss Government; Rising Up-Flowing Down, Vienna, Austria

2017   Award, Most Wearable- Museum of Art Deland, "Surrealism" fashion event, Deland Florida

2016   Residency, SERDE Artists Lab; Aizpute, Latvia

2014   Residency, Alumni Invitational; Atlantic Center For The Arts; New Smyrna Beach, Florida

2009  Award, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild; Kleinert-James Gallery, Woodstock, NY

2008  Award, Belskie Museum of Art; Closter, New Jersey

2008  Award, Women's Caucus For Art, Matriarchs and Madonnas; Kissimmee FL

2001  Travel Grant: Zimbabwe; sponsored by Africa 2000 / Art Safari; Harari, Zimbabwe

1999  Printmaking Residency, Women’s Studio Workshop; Rosendale, NY

1998  Residency Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center; Montpelier, Vermont 

1994  Residency with Master Artist Ed Pashke, Atlantic Center For The Arts; New Smyrna Beach FL

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

2018   Vienna Watertower, "Rising Up, Flowing Down" with the In-Between Collective

                   https://theinbetweencollective.wordpress.com

                  group exhibition with performances, video and sculpture installation .  

                  Curated by Regina Hugli and Anne Glassner.  Vienna, Austria. 

            Wired Gallery, "Lines Let Loose", drawing exhibition curated by Meredith Rosier

2017    Hapgood-Wright Forest “Art Ramble” Musquetaquid Arts and Environment,       

                    Umbrella Arts, Concord, MA outdoor sculpture

             Vassar Farm “Art on the Farm”, Poughkeepsie, NY outdoor sculpture (artists talk)

             Museum of Art Deland, “Wearable Art 6; Surreality” fashion event, Deland, FL

2016    The Mount at Edith Wharton Estate; “Remix” Lenox, MA  outdoor sculpture (artists talk)

            The Hangar- “In-Between” installation sponsored by SERDE Artists Lab, Aizpute, Latvia

                     Group project with In-Between Collective(slide discussion)

2010    Curious Matter Gallery; The Ecstatic (tv interview) New Jersey

2009    St. Joseph's College; "Waves of Change" activist-inspired art and photography

                      (video presentation and artists talk to students) Brooklyn, NY

             Kleinert-James Gallery, "Byrdcliffe Guild" Woodstock, NY (award)

             Rose Gallery, Peabody Auditorium, "Hope" Daytona Beach, Florida

             Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, "100 Halos" Kingston, NY

2008   Museum of Florida Art; "Florida Biennial IV",encaustic painting Deland, Florida

            Queens Museum of Art; "This Case of Conscience: Spiritual Flushing and the

                    Remonstrance" exhibition on spiritual history and religious freedom, NYC

            Osceola Arts Center, "Matriarchs and Madonnas" honoring the female divine

                     Womens’ Caucus for Art, Kissimmee, Florida (catalogue)

            The Gallery at R & F Encaustics;" Encaustics and Photography" Mixed-media 

                      works; photography and encaustic, Kingston,NY (artists talk)

             Kleinert-James Gallery, "Woodstock Byrdcliff Guild" Woodstock NY

             Curious Matter; "Hocus Pocus" New Jersey 

2007    New York Public Library, Donnell Branch 52nd street, NYC Solo installation

                   "In Memorium: Remembering Our Women In Uniform Who Have Died In Iraq”; 

                    Photo-encaustic portraits, patriotic memorabilia; history timeline

             University Club Gallery, "Matriarchs and Madonnas" Womens’ Caucus for Art, FL ( catalogue)

             Mad Art Gallery, installation in project space in former jail cell; "In Memorium: Censored"

                  Contemporary Women Artists XIV, Womens Caucus For Art - St.Louis, Missouri  (catalogue)

             MicroCosm Gallery, "12 x 12", curated by Alex and Alison Gray,  NYC

2005    Maitland Art Center; "Womens Caucus for Art Annual", juror Nancy Azara, FL (catalogue)

              University of Hawaii Gallery,”Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition”,

                    Juried by Mohammed Khalil, Hilo, Hawaii (catalogue)

2003     Sonoma Academy, solo exhibition: Santa Rosa, CA

                    Forty-painting retrospective. Gave slide presentation artist’s talk to student body.

               Gallerie Tonantzin, print exhibition, San Juan Bautista, CA                     

2002    Sierra Club:"Picture California: Focus on the Environment"

                   Curator Marcia Eymann, Curator of Photography, Oakland Museum- traveled to:

                    Fort Mason Foundation, San Francisco, CA

                    The Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, CA

2001    Sonoma Museum of Visual Art; "California Small Works 2001"

                   Curator Kenneth Baker, critic S.F. Chronicle - Santa Rosa, CA (catalogue)

            Benicia Gallery, “Imprints - A Survey of Traditional and Experimental Printmaking"

                   Curator Archana Horsting, Exec.Director, Kala Institute - CA

            San Francisco Chamber of Commerce; "5 Artists" Curated by OwenGeronimo 

            Alice Arts Center, "ZImbabwe Art Safari Exhibition and Fundraiser" Oakland, CA

2000    Bade Museum/ UC Berkeley, “Temples - Malta, Images and Inspiration” (artists talk)

                      Curated by Tricia Graeme, Oakland, CA

                      traveled to: California Institute of Integral Studies, 

                      Scottish Rites Temple, “Temples – Malta” Event with performance

           University of Houston, O’Kane Gallery, “Biomorphism”, WCA, Houston, TX

1999    A.R.T. Art Resources Transfer, "Primordia" Solo Exhibition

                       Curated by Bill Bartman, New York, NY

            San Francisco State University Gallery; “Lure” Curated by Liza Mulvenna; CA

1998    Ceres Gallery; “Holiday Invitational” - Soho, NY December

            New York Law School; “Critic’s Choice” group exhibition (OIA) - New York, NY

            City Without Walls Gallery, “16th Annual Metro Show”, Newark, NJ (catalogue, card )

1997   Westbeth Gallery; “Mass Mediums”; Juried by Bill Bace, Editor Review Magazine. NY, NY

1996   Bettcher Gallery;" In Motion" two person exhibition, Miami FL

           Park Avenue Atrium; "Animal Attraction" Curated by Ludwig Datene - NY, NY

           Islip Art Museum “12"x12"; Juried by Louise Kalin, critic, NY Times Long lsland,NY

 

 MEDIA

2010   “The Ecstatic” television interview, New Jersey News

2008    Daytona Beach News-Journal; 'Art Fresh From Florida - Biennial IV review

2007    WBAI / Pacifica ; Radio interview with censored artist,w/ Rebecca Miles

2007    New York Observer: "Paradise Lost? Artists Fear A Gentrified Gowanus"

2002    California Small Works Show” Sonoma Museum of Visual Arts Quarterly, 

2001     Bay TV, “Safari artists on exhibition at Alice Arts Center” March

2000    “The Lady” exhibition of American and Maltese artists, Malta Newspaper, photo,

1998     Interview, The Creative Women New York Newsletter, by Lynn Bernard

 

 

CURATOR

1998    “Amazons and Avatars”; New York Law School, NYC May

1997    “Personal Space”; CWNY Gallery at The Interart Center, NYC October

1996    Co- Curator; Gallery Positive -"Give Life To Art, The First Step" 27 Artists with         

                     AIDS; Exhibition and fund raising event, Fire Island, NY July

1996   Co-Curator; Visual AIDS/ The Archive Project; 16 Artists Living With AIDS, NYC

 

 

 

 SCENIC ARTIST

Scenic Artist / member 1998-2013 Worked on numerous films and television programs. 

United Scenic Artists Union, Local 829 IATSE, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0792207/

 

 

COLLABORATIONS

In-Between Collective, Latvia    theinbetweencollective.wordpress.com 

              with artists Bartaku (BE/FIN), Seila Fernandez Arconada (SP), Anne Glassner  (AUS)

              Founding Member 2016 - 2017

 

The Little Rose Shelter, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

                Taught art and created collaborative project with teenagers in at-risk girls home   

                2010 - 2012

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS

NYAC- New York Artists Circle, nyartistscircle.com

     Member  2012 - current

Esopus Environmental Board, Esopus New York 

      Board of Directors  2017- current

Visual AIDS For The Arts, New York, NY

      Board of Directors 1998 – 2000

Gallery Positive, New York, NY

     Co-Founder, Board of Directors 1997 – 1999

Creative Women New York, NY

     Co-founder of NY Chapter :  Board of Directors 1996 – 1998

 

EDUCATION

2005   Associates Degree in Animation, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

1982   Bachelors Fine Art, Parsons School of Design  / The New School, New York, NY

1979   Boston University, Fine Art and Political Science  Boston, Mass

1978   Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD