Sherry di Filippo
Often, my figurative forms represent my fears and secrets as well as the fears and secrets of others. In trying to convey moments in life where people find themselves unable to share what they are going through, I hope to express their isolation for them. Maybe the reason being human often feels so lonely is that we don’t know how to communicate this common feeling; we don’t know how to talk about ugly experiences. Or maybe, it is that no one knows how to listen when it is needed but difficult.
I currently work predominately in charcoal and create painterly drawings with fast, gestural lines - working and re-working my composition throughout my experience with the model. My models aren’t just generic models; they have stories from which I draw inspiration. These images deal with adversity and adaptation, and illustrate people with the confidence it to look at the world and not care how it looks back. Sometimes the worst thing a viewer can do is to deny them a look completely.