Fresh Water-Root Hut

CHERIE SAMPSON
Fresh Water-Root Hut, environmental sculpture project, driftwood/fire, 1994

Cherie earned her B.F.A. from the Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa in 1986. In 1997, she finished her M.F.A. at the University of Iowa. Currently, Cherie is an Assistant Projessor of Art at Maharishi University of Management.

About her work, Cherie writes, "My artwork encompasses a broad, interdisciplinary range from environmental sculpture and performance to digital and video art. I work primarily outdoors and in the natural environment making site-specific works with wood and other local materials at both remote and public locations. As an artist living in modern society, my work within the landscape comes from a desire to connect with the raw forces of nature and its seasons of generation, decay and renewal. I seek to ‘re-member’ in my art a primal link between human life, culture and nature, being aware of all aspects of an environment from sensory and elemental to historical ... Indigenous wood has been a primary medium because it signifies the spirit of a place for me ... My ritualistic performance is characterized by an extremely slow and deliberate pace in an embodiment of the imperceptible movement of seasonal time and change in nature. "

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