More Than Your Average Mannequin

Robert Stratton, Semiboneless

Robert Stratton, Semiboneless

I always dream of living in a world where a city is blanketed in art from the subway, to the sidewalks, buildings, cars, etc. “Window Shopping” is a phrase we hear quite often whether it’s puppies or a designer purse. However, what if we took windows to a whole new level? Who said all art had to be tucked away inside with security guards and entrance fees? Could window art be another form of street art?

Come see for yourself and check out Uforge’s window artist of the month, Kerri Schmidt! Her work is the definition of ephemeral, taking discarded materials and breathing life into them again. During one point of her installation, she insisted on cleaning up the extra material, referring to it as part of a “maternal” process. Her sculptures are essentially an extension of her. Although Kerri’s art speaks for itself, I decided to delve a bit more to get a sense of her inspiration.

Kerri Schmidt

Kerri Schmidt

Q: What attracted you to this particular medium?

A: Creating sculpture is an expressive, freeing and wonderfully organic process.  I enjoy the ‘slow burn’ of finding inspiring materials and discovering how they inform a piece.  It is a collaboration between my brain, soul, and the magic of chance.

Q: What are your primary modes of inspiration?

A: I am inspired by nature and finely tuned to my inner 4-year old’s sense of wonder, and both fuel my creativity.

Q: What message do you hope comes across with your work?

A: I hope my work creates a point of entry for others to experience something meaningful, whimsical, memorable, thoughtful, and inspiring.

 

So next weekend when you’re wandering around town, be sure to walk Uforge’s way and check out the window!

4 Responses to “More Than Your Average Mannequin”

  1. Tony Toledo February 3, 2013 3:53 pm #

    Kerri, I love your art. Nature plus more is reflected back to me. It’s the plus that gets me thinking. You have very talented eyes, and hands. Bravo.

    • Kerri Schmidt February 4, 2013 6:54 pm #

      From one artist to another, thank you Tony!

  2. John Campbell February 4, 2013 8:06 am #

    It’s great to see such imaginative and high-craft work. I’m always intrigued by Kerri Schmidt’s latest offering. Worth a trip to see it live.

    • Kerri Schmidt February 4, 2013 6:55 pm #

      Cheers, John and thank you.

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