Vicki Sher

Where are you from and where do you reside?
I live and work in Brooklyn. I was born in Washington D.C, but grew up in the New York area.
How important is spontaneity in your art?
Very important. I can feel it when I am forcing the work to happen, and I never make anything I value that way. It can be hard to summon up spontaneity in the middle of the studio day, but being patient and waiting for a feeling of excitement and urgency, and moving forward without hesitancy, is hugely important.
To what extent does language play a role in your work?
I really appreciate a well-crafted sentence and word play. Connecting words to my images helped to pin down the romantic narrative I was pursuing at the time. Currently I prefer the narrative to stay open.
How do you see your art evolving in the next 10 years?
Who knows! I think I’m settling into a way of working; a set of ideas about line, color, interior life. Things feel very fluid right now, but it can always change.
You have curated a few exhibitions. How have these experiences influenced your work or visa versa?
Curating has been exciting and fun for me. I’ve loved meeting a lot of great artists and being forced to take stock of what speaks to me in a concrete way. It has affected my own work over time as I now see my work in direct dialogue with these other artists I like.
Since graduating from Iowa, I tried on many different art “hats” and experimented with several different conceptually linked series. I feel that I am now swinging back to that earlier way of working; that is, more intuitive and playful.
What is your “motto” or favorite quote?
I’ve actually had a few over the years. Right now it’s: “Create what you wish existed.”

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