The Boreal Forest- graphic works
Nearly all of my works begin as drawings. These are graphic explorations in black and white as I develop over time to bring my ideas into a visual world which I often push beyond into paintings and sculptures. Three of my works in this exhibit are screenprints from drawings: a boreal owl and two images of twisted and charred black spruce trees. These gnarly, evocative spruce shapes are vertical intervals in the vast horizontal Northern landscape. They are calligraphic marks in a living document, telling a mysterious story of existence, loss, and change. They are a stark beauty, a cause for wonder.
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.