Boreal Forest: Grizzly Behind the Birch
Most of my recent work consists of cut-outs, an avenue I find exciting and liberating. These are relatively simple three-dimensional versions, just barely, of my paintings, drawings and prints separated from the conventional rectangular format and elements of traditional two-dimensional composition. The cut-out shapes jut into our space; they stare back at us in a gentle confrontation. Flat as they are, they are graphic and painterly symbols of the wild. Viewed from oblique angles, the cut-outs are less likely to be read as silhouettes and can be confusing to read. Similar to a museum diorama, my cut-outs evoke ideas of another world, creatures in a wild space: the boreal forest.
Todd Sherman, born in the territory of Alaska, is an Emeritus Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and Emeritus Professor of Art. He taught printmaking and other art classes for the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Art Department and served as CLA’s Dean from 2012 to 2020. He received a BA in Art from UAF and an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. His artwork has been shown in over 40 solo shows and well over 100 group exhibitions since 1977. His work is in private and public collections in Alaska, the U.S.A., Spain and Thailand.