Encaustic, Sculpture & Installation Artist
Sher Fick holds a BFA Painting/Sculpture (2006) from Middle Tennessee State University and has studied at the Santa Fe College of Art and The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. While living in the Florida Panhandle, Fick was nominated for the Cox/Bravo Channel’s Champion for the Arts Award. She has received several grants from The Tennessee Arts Commission and recently exhibited at The Pool Art Fair in Miami, FL. Fick works from her rural home studio, teaches privately and is currently working on her book "Coping Skills - The Art and Inspiration of Sher Fick"; her artwork is included in several published books and as cover art.
Fick’s work concepts explore personal and cultural archeology utilizing encaustic, fiber, and mixed media. As she says "I put broken things back together".
Reviews for Sher Fick’s “Coping Skills” (currently traveling in TAKE CARE: Biomedical Ethics in the 21st Century" Group Exhibition)
"Fick’s work examine[s] normality and the question of enhancement versus therapy... [t]he vibrancy and symbolism commemorating her past self and simultaneously rejoicing in the person these pharmaceuticals have allowed her to become.”
- Tonya Vernooy, Art Critic/Writer
The work “celebrates the success of [Fick’s] determined efforts to stitch the fractured parts of her personality into a coherent persona . . . Fick defies the stigma against the use of prescription drugs to assist women in becoming responsible and loving mothers.”
- Linda Weintraub, Art Critic, Writer & Curator
“Although Fick does not wrap an entire bridge traversing the River Seine, she brings revelation to one’s own capacity to cope through a concrete process of concealing.”
- Rachel Bubis, Curator of SEEDspace, from her Curatorial statement "Wrapped."
"This all-American wife and mother works issues of bioethics, gender, and discrimination... her exploration of gender borrows from artists who deal specifically with materiality, symbols, and even craft, such as Kiki Smith and Louise Bourgeois... Fick’s exploration of modern medicine and its social stigmas falls in line with work by artists such as Damien Hirst..."
- Excerpts from Chen Tamir’s "Worshipping at the Altar of Biomedicine Review," catalogue for SEEDspace 2010 Inaugural Exhibition.