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Artist Name: Cheryl Tall
Title of Piece: Minerva
Media: ceramic, cement, and mosaic
Dimensions: 72”H x 36”W x 36”L
Retail Price: $5,300 + tax
Artist’s Statement: “Minerva” honors teachers who give the gift of learning. Derived from the Etruscan “Menvra,” which means mind, Minerva is the symbol of wisdom, art, schools, weaving, crafts, and music. Her mascot is the owl, represented by the two birds on her hat. Minerva’s cement and mosaic ‘skirt’ was created on-site at the Garden, and was inspired by Tall’s trip to Barcelona, where she viewed the Gaudi mosaics.
Artist Bio: Born in New Jersey, Cheryl Tall grew up in Florida. She studied at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, BFA, l974, and at University of Miami, MFA, 1995. Her present studio is in Leucadia, where she creates her large-scale sculpture and paintings, and teaches art classes.
Tall’s primary medium is clay, coil built into large figurative sculptures and wall pieces. She also works with cement and mosaic, mixed media, oil and acrylic painting, and printmaking.
Tall’s work focuses on the relationships between people and their surroundings, especially their homes or workplaces. Her subject matter often includes architectural and figurative elements. Influences include Surrealism, Expressionism, Pop Art, Lowbrow and Funk Art, Romanesque Medieval art, folk art, mythology and Primitive Art. Favorite artists include Robert Arneson, Shepard Farrey, Andy Goldsworthy, Viola Frey, Adrian Arleo, Paul Klee, Giorgio De Chirico, Oskar Kokoschka and Giselbertus.
Her work has been published in 14 books: Ceramics Today, The Ceramic Design Book, Surface Design, Making Marks, 500 Figures, 500 Animals, 500 Dolls, 500 Vases, Confrontational Ceramics, No More Starving Artists, ACGA 2011, American Art Collector and Sole Purpose, and in feature magazine articles: Studio Potter, Ceramic Monthly, Clay Times, Ceramics Art and Perception, Pottery Making Illustrated, Sculptural Pursuit, and American Craft Magazines. She has won numerous awards, is in museum collections, and shows her work internationally.
Some of her collectors include The Ceramic Research Center, University of Arizona, Tempe, AZ; Gangjin International Ceramic Museum, Gangjin, Korea; Brevard Museum of Art, Melbourne, FL; Burroughs Chapin Museum of Art, SC; Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL; Munchkin Int., Beverly Hills, CA, Lorenz Advertising Agency, San Diego, CA , Penn State College, PA, and Palomar College, San Marcos, CA.
Her art has been influenced by travel and participation in Art Residencies in Canada, Japan, Greece, France, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, England, and the United States. Most recently, she was invited to exhibit her work at the International Celadon Festival, Gangjin, Korea.
Photo: Bruce Tall