Much of American sculptor Cheri Mittermaier’s work evolves from her dreams as she fleshes out subconscious ideas and layers of hidden meaning into three-dimensional forms. Each piece embraces the deepest levels of human longing, bringing the viewer to magical spaces where double meanings exist and all is not what it appears. Figurative in nature, each sculpture is rendered inescapably complex through both her masterful use of symbolism and the infusion of emotions captured within. Mittermaier uses both oil-based and water-based clay (specifically terra cotta) to build her sculptures. By bronzing her work and adding vibrant colors into the mix, she is able to bring another dimension to her forms, adding layers of emotive expression that redefine her subject. Here, she effectively transforms recognizable figures into forms laden with meaning that are left for the viewer to interpret and comprehend.
Cheri Mittermaier currently lives and works in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her work was selected by the Boca Raton Fine Art Museum for 2009 and 2010.