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Meet Cheryl Sorg

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cheryl Sorg.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve spent much of my life dealing with mental illness (struggling against / being beaten down by / briefly defeating). It turns out I have bipolar II, but that’s something I only learned a couple of years ago, after having been misdiagnosed with depression for over twenty years (a misdiagnosis that by turns either meant that treatment didn’t work or made things much, much worse). Making art has been a lifesaver for me. There have been times where focus on work has been the one good thing I had going, and there have been times when an inability to create became the thing that finally got my ass in gear to finally make changes and seek help. I am very, very lucky that right now I have a great little family – my husband Xavier, and my kiddos Hugo (12) and Esmé (10) – that provides me with love, support, and three very good reasons to take good care of myself.

Please tell us about your art.
As an avid reader, a lot of my inspiration comes from stories, and for many years this love of books was expressed through art in which I used their pages and words as my materials. I got to a point in my work, however, where I felt the need for COLOR, instead of the monochromatic text work. I needed it as an antidote of sorts to all the ills of the world, an ever-growing awareness of how awful people can be – especially those in power. (Our current president, for example…) Currently I work with tape and dichroic film, which has been the perfect way to incorporate color (lots of color) and a bit of cheer (and hope?) into what I do. With them I create large wall drawings and installations, collages and a street art project called ‘portals of hope’ in which I put smaller rainbow tape pieces up out in the world. Using tape as my medium has injected an element of play and fun into my work that was much needed, and that I hope provides others with the same delight working with it provides for me. (I know I am not the only one whose peace of mind has been upended by Trump and all the ugliness in our country that has been exposed in his wake.)

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I might be a terrible person to ask this, as I’m more likely to be one of those artists actually NEEDING that advice! With a misbehaving brain and introvert tendencies, I find myself not putting myself out in the world as much as I should, and I know making more of an effort to attend openings and other events would be such a great way of becoming more involved with the local community of artists. In lieu of that, I find social media – Instagram being my favorite platform – a really fun and inspiring way of connecting and being aware of the amazing things people are doing.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Until mid-September, my ‘alien’ beings are on display at the San Diego Central Library in the fantastic show ‘A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes’. Right now, I’m working on a bit of a shift in my work, as well as working on some commissions and don’t have any shows in the near future, but I am always posting my new work and works-in-progress, as well as information about new exhibitions, on Instagram. I also sell work in a few online venues, including originals through Etsy and Saatchi Art, and prints through Society6.

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Image Credit:
Cheryl Sorg / the artist

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