AiR STUDIO GALLERY- Summer Crush
Creating & Curating Contemporary Art for the Community
Shari Weschler - Works On View
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In her own words
In 2020 my paintings loosened and I unloaded emotions both personally and for the collective during the lockdown; my first more serious block of time invested in the studio since opening CCG in 2018.
They are cynical and humorous story tellers for human circumstances, situations and a complex psyche; an ongoing series entitled, ‘Bunni’ that began in 2008. They were inspired by a rabbit puppet that I ‘spoke’ through as an alter ego, to help calm my son’s racing mind and physical tics from Tourette’s at bedtime.
Channeled through cute, soft figures, they are fast, fierce, shape shifting and intelligent creatures. I enjoy pushing their form into other other animals, objects or human. The color palette is free, loose and fearless. I do not agonize over these works and keep an open mind. They emerge and I allow them to tell me when they are done. There is always something to say, often the inner child materializes and tugs at the hearts of children and adults.
Shari Weschler, branded as Sumo Bunni, is an American figural narrative painter, illustrator and photographer who exhibits nationally and internationally. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, with concentration in painting and art history. While attending MICA she studied drawing, printmaking, and gelatin silver photography. Her exhibition history includes over thirty solo and forty group shows and has been published extensively.
She was the founder, owner and director of Coastal Contemporary Gallery in Newport, Rhode Island. which won Best Of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Monthly 2021 for Contemporary Gallery. Weschler has served in various positions including board member, curator, juror, consultant and portfolio reviewer for other prestigious galleries, associations, and collaboratives. Residing in Providence, RI, she is currently employed as Executive Assistant to the CEO of a corporate consulting firm, while also offering private artist coaching services such as writing, installations, archiving, studio visits and portfolio reviews.