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The Archetypal Sculpture of Cheryl Tall

Posted in Ceramic on September 1st, 2009 by Alice – 2 Comments

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Fantasy, furniture that moved and animals that talk, were a natural part of Cheryl Tall’s environment growing up, and no wonder, her parents were employed by Disney World!

My father worked on some of the building in Disney World and I wanted to live there, so I relate to Cheryl’s imagination and fascination with the absurd.

As Cheryl began to travel, visting art galleries and museums, and to study art history in college for completion of her Master’s Degree in Art, she was able to merge this early carnivalesqe imagery with increasingly more sophisticated techniques, and incorporate references to pop culture and surrealism.

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision

When I spoke with Cheryl, I asked her if she would like share some insight to her work. I wanted to know what moves her and she replied, “What moves me is meaningful human contact.  I love to watch the crowds in airports, malls and parks, and see how people interact with each other.

“Absurd things make me laugh” she said, “things that are incongruous.  Charlie Chaplin, funny movies, Cirque du Soleil, mime artists.”



I asked Cheryl what she wants to give the viewer, “I want the viewer to leave with a smile, an intriguing thought.  Things are not always what you think they are, and there are many different levels of reality.”

“I’m frequently asked, Why the medieval clothing and buildings?  I see this particular time in history, say the 12th century, as a reference point.”

“It’s not that long ago compared to the age of the world – not even a 1000 years ago.  Yet all of human life experience was pretty similar for eons:  people walked or rode horses.  They made everything by hand.  They grew their own food.  Heat came from a fireplace or a campfire.  Life was lived at a very slow pace because of all the work needed just to eat and have shelter and clothing.”



“Things began to speed up.  Trains were invented and gas lights and printing presses. Things began to speed up even more.  We got electricity and cameras and guns and cars.”

“In the past 50 years, everyone got a computer, a cell phone, a digital camera, a wide screen TV.  News that used to take a year to arrive now is known instantaneously, all around the world.  We have Facebook, Twitter, emails, phone messages, texting, Myspace, etc.”

Bird Lady

Bird Lady

Cheryl continued, “Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all of this.  Then I get my perspective back by mentally stepping into medieval garb and taking a look at all these modern things.  They look like magic, and illusion!  And maybe they are.”

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Well Cheryl, maybe you’re right, maybe life is an illusion, but there is nothing deceptive in the  fun and delight that your sculptures bring the viewer. Your work is large and that in itself makes a statement about their permanency.

Cheryl works in her studio in Leucadia, CA, she teaches and exhibits her work in galleries around the country. Visit Cheryl Tall’s website for her busy schedule and to view more of her wonderful sculpture.

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The Sculpture of Deborah Rael-Buckley

Posted in Ceramic on May 30th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

Deborah Rael-Buckley

I spent quite awhile on Deborah Rael-Buckley’s website. Her work is captivating and holds your attention. The sculptures are quite large, I can imagine how stunning they must be in person. They tell stories with layers of what she terms “the taxonomy of memory: the layering of personal, cultural, historical and biological imagery.” You, the viewer becomes a participant in the stories she tells.

She  creates large-scale, narrative ceramic sculpture, generally in the female form . Many of them have the look of ladders or stairs, almost a suggestion for us to use the ladder or stairs to climb down into our memories but always to climb back out again into the now. The sculpture below is one I found compelling.



This is the second in her artist chair series. Deborah was inspired by Remedios Varo, a Spanish surrealist painter who lived half of her life in Mexico, and was a prolific painter. She often used imagery of wheels, wings, pulleys, wind and other natural elements as metaphors. I was prompted to look for Remedios Varos work and found many websites featuring her work. I’ve given you just one link below.

"El Relojero", canvas (71 x 84cm.), 1955

Remedios Varo (1908-1963)


I hope you visit Deborah’s website and enjoy her work as much as I do. She has a slide show called Anatomy of a Sculpture that shows the process of creating the Varo sculpture. I recommend it, It is very interesting. sor_juanas_dream_frontjpgHer works are in national and international collections, including the State of New Mexico, the Sara and David Lieberman collection of contemporary ceramics and the Sandy and Diane Besser collection of contemporary American ceramics. Her work can also be seen in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Illinois. Rael-Buckley lives and works in Taos, NM where she has her studio. Her work can be seen at Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and privately in her studio.

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