Sherry Giryotas is informed and influenced by her memories of having lived on various continents and the observations derived from immersion within diverse cultures. The contrast of chaos with order provides the structure of her work. Color, pattern and mark-making dominate the canvas shifting through and over angles and shapes. These elements layer in the composition, from vague and elusive to blatant and bold, creating a visually complex interplay. Ms. Giryotas’ works are not specific to a location or moment; they are amalgamations of past and present relationships in a global landscape, revealing gestures that meld together into a dynamic tapestry of images.
Sherry Giryotas’ paintings are abstracted landscapes of her mind that reflect observations from her yearly travels between Texas and Michigan. As Sherry explains, “In the abstracted internalized landscapes of my work, each painting helps record the experience or sense of place and traces my passage through it. My observations of a constantly changing environment are referenced in the forms and nuances of light, a balancing of disorder with an order through the complexity of pattern and mark-making, drawing and manipulating paint on the surface of the works that make up the structure in my canvases. In the act of painting, the surface of the canvas becomes a constant progression of making marks and then painting over them. Varying thicknesses of paint and the varying size of brush strokes contribute to the textured surface.
I am aware of a sense of my physicality within the space of time, seeing, and memory. My hand becomes one with the mind, and automatic writing of images occurs by manipulating paint onto the canvas. My finished works are an amalgamation of memories of shifting landscapes, urban mixed up with rural, a physical balance between harmony and chaos, all melding into a complex tapestry of images. My paintings are not specific to a place or time but are visceral responses to my immediate and memorized environments.”
Sherry Giryotas has exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group shows at venues such as, Georgian Art Museum (Tbilisi, The Republic of Georgia), South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend IN), Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI) Artemisia and ARC Galleries (Chicago, IL) among others. Awarded several Artist-in-Residence and Fellowships, including those at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, and MacDowell Colony, Petersburgh, NH, she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as individual Artist Fellowship grants from the Illinois Arts Council and Michigan’s MCCA. Ms. Giryotas’ works are in the South Bend Museum of Art collections, Illinois State Museum, International Sculpture Symposium, Rustavi, The Republic of Georgia, The Illinois Collection, State of Illinois Center, Chicago, IL, and many others.
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