About three years ago I conceived of the idea for my Ancient Warrior Torso Project, an installation of about 30 cast female torsos that captures their lives, their strengths and struggles, and how they have survived. Since beginning I have completed 25 torsos with another five more to complete.
The word "ancient" naturally brings historical references to mind. The visual quality of being ancient, to me, can also mean something lost and then found. Lessons that were learned ....something buried or destroyed and then rebuilt.
Women who are the warriors in the world, having many different types of relationships and various experiences, and they have conquered any tragedy that has affected their lives...all this, gives them a voice. Each has their own voice behind the torso.
The torsos are made by using plaster wrap applied to each individual woman’s torso. The use of sewing patterns are more personal for me, having a reference to time. There's a history to them and psychological meaning that they can give to the viewer.
The individual torso is transformed to a shield of protection. Once the hard protective plaster shell is removed from the torso it becomes part of the collective consciousness of the woman as warrior. There is a power felt as the viewer experiences the numerous torsos side-by-side. Collage materials are used for their color and symbolism. The collage, sewing patterns, and paint are then applied as I deem appropriate. I'd like to see all the torsos in one space; all different shapes, sizes, and heights representing a totality of the woman as the warrior archetype.
Painting for me is looking inside and outside nature, with myself as an observer. It is the process of seeing life as reflection, color, movement, and texture, remembering what has been forgotten in our lives and finding symbolic transformation.
Nature has always been an important aspect of my work. The textures and interweavings of life are all around us. Traveling extensively throughout the world, and living in many places across the county, I have seen first hand this interaction.
We all can share a moment in time with nature and our surroundings. It's our awareness which makes this possible. Whether viewing from afar, or the close encounter there is order and meaning found.
Currently lives and works in New Mexico
Sharon has a FEATURED ARTIST INTERVIEW on the Art Specifier website!
You can read the full interview with Joyce Craiger, premiere art consultant in the Boston-area, at www.ArtSpecifier.com, on the home page for the month of July 2016. You will find the interview under interview archive after July.
Sharon is one of 101 SUPER HOT ARTISTS FOR 2015 on the Art Book Guy website!
You can now read the full interview with Michael Corbin, contemporary art book writer, producer and publisher at www.artbookguy.com in the section 101 Super Hot Artists for 2015.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: *(solo show) The Figure:
Interpreted Through Contemporary Mediums, "Ancient Warrior #9," International Juried Art Exhibit NYC, Site: Brooklyn; Brooklyn, NY; January19 - February 19, 2017
Shelter, "Ancient Warrior #9," Harlem School of the Arts & The National Association of Women Artists in Cooperation with Violence Transformed, Harlem School of the Arts; New York NY; December 1, 2016 - January 3, 2017
Blink Art Resource Artists, “Ancient Warrior Torso series & Distant Memories #3 & #5”, Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM, July 7 – 10, 2016
Women’s Works: Celebrating Women’s Creativity, 29th Anniversary, “Ancient Warrior #6”, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL, March 11 – April 30, 2016
Five Senses +1: Group Exhibition, “Whispers #1 & #2, Ancient Warrior #9”, K&P Contemporary (Elga Wimmer PCC), New York, NY, September 10 – 14, 2015
Exposure Program by Starry Night Retreats, “Ancient Warrior Torso Project”, Select Art Fair during Frieze Week, New York, NY, May 13 – 17, 2015
Featured Artist of the Month, “Sharon Bartel Clements”, Artshow.com, on-line gallery, February 2015
125 Years: Women of Vision, National Association of Women Artists, Inc., The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL, Dec. 5, 2014 – Jan. 10, 2015
Sharon Bartel Clements Sculptures, Paintings, Mixed Media: ArtSlant Online Gallery, www.artslant.com, February 2014 – present
Divine Inspirational Visual Artistic Souls - DIVAS: National Association of Woman Artists, Inc. - NAWA, First Online Gallery, Juried Exhibition, AWARD WINNER, http://www.nawa.divas.org, October 24 – January 24, 2014
Clearly Human: St. Louis Artist Guild, Juried Exhibition of Art, Clayton, MO November 15–December 29, 2013
Sharon Bartel Clements Paintings: Mixed Media, Abstract, Landscape, 3D, ArtShow Online Gallery,http://www.artshow.com, October 30, 2013 – present
*Bartel Clements Recent Paintings: William Whipple Gallery, Southwest MN State Univ. Art Museum, Marshall, MN, Aug. 22nd – Sept. 30th, 2013
*Gallery 705: 705 Fulmer Avenue, Stroudsburg, PA, June 29 - July 25, 2013
2012 Art Auction and Gala: Burchfield Penney Art Center, Artist Invitational Auction, Buffalo, New York, September 21, 6:00 — 11:00 PM
The Artist Among Us: Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York, May 11th-August 26th 2012
*Nature of Things: Franklin 54 Gallery + Projects, 526 West 26th St # 403 New York, NY 10001, Nov 8 - Dec 17, 2011
*Side of the Road: Franklin 54 Gallery + Projects, 526 West 26th St # 403 New York, NY 10001, Nov 5 - 28, 2010
*Side of the Road: paintings & drawings, Southwest MN, State Univ. Art Museum, William Whipple Gallery, Marshall, MN, Jan 12- Feb 26, 2010
Vacation Venues, a group exhibition, Franklin 54 Gallery, New York, NY June 11- July 18, 2009
The Affordable Art Fair, The Metropolitan Pavilion, NY, June 12 – June 15, 2008
"Mostly White" a group exhibit, Franklin 54 Gallery, New York, NY, Nov 1,2007 – June 6, 2008
Made In the U.S.A., Blue Hill Cultural Center in Peal River, NY, June 8 – Nov 20, 2007
*Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Collectors Gallery, "Abstract Works by Sharon Bartel-Clements", Buffalo, NY, Sep 15- Nov 3 2005
*Franklin 54 Gallery, “New Abstract Work: Sharon Bartel-Clements,” New York, NY 2005
The Painting Center, Painting Center Slide Registry, New York, NY (on-going, curated)
Poughkeepsie Art Museum, “Point of View”, Poughkeepsie, NY 2004
Burchfield – Penny Art Center, “New York Collects Buffalo State”, Buffalo, NY 2004
*Franklin 54 Gallery, “Abstract Painting; Sharon Bartel-Clements”, New York, NY 2004
National Association of Women Artists, “115th Annual Exhibition”, New York, NY 2004
Russian Cultural Center at Embassy of Russia, Washington, D.C. 2004
Gorohavaya 6 Gallery IASG, St. Petersburg, Russia 2003
Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, California, Annual All-Media, All-California Juried Exhibition 2003
*Cornell Medical Association, New York, NY 2003
*New York University, New York Medical Center, New York, NY 2003
*The Lobby Gallery, Equity Properties, “Oil & Mixed Media Painting" New York, NY 2002
National Association of Women Artist, Banana Factory, “113th Annual Exhibition”, Bethlehem, PA 2002
Lalit Kala Academy Galleries, National Gallery of Art, New Delhi, India 2002
Academy of Arts & Design, ISAG In China, Tsinghuo University, “The Capital Normal”, Beijing, China 2002
Ancient Warrior Torso series, Brooklyn Museum – Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base, www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/feminist_art_base, March 2014; December 2014; June 2016 – present
Ancient Warrior Torso Project, Islip Art Museum registry,50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY 11730, February 2015 – present
SELECTED PRIVATE & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS:
William Whipple Gallery, Southwest MN State Univ. Art Museum, Marshall, MN
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Mr and Mrs Edward Bartel, Riverside, CA
Mercedes Benz of Edison, NJ
Mr. & Mrs. Bob Turcotte, New York, NY
Mr. Jean Cherqui, Paris, France
Ms. Pinky Crabtree-Mackey, Greenwich, CT
Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, New York, NY
Mr. & Mrs. Shau-Wai Lam, Summit, NJ
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mueller, Team Toyota Corp, Langhorn, PA
Mr. and Mrs Phillip Resnick, Woodfield Lexus, Schaumburg, IL
Master Qi Feilong, New York, NY & China
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Catena, Locust, NJ
Pivec Advertising, Timonium, MD
Mr. Phillip Munizo, Durham, CT
Mr. & Mrs. Jamal Masburn, New Orleans, LA
Mr. Joe Calabrese, Buffalo, NY
Many private and public collections in the U.S.
Art Specifier Facebook Featured Artist, “Ancient Warrior Torso Project, by Sharon Bartel Clements”,www.facebook.com/ArtSpecifier, A Facebook post reaching 2,000 – 4,000 people. March 31, 2015
”Sharon Bartel Clements: Evolution and Transformation”, Interview with Michael Corbin, ArtBookGuy.com, 101 Super Hot Artists for 2015, February 1, 2015
Gallery 705 opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. gallery, 705 Fulmer Ave., Stroudsburg, Pocono Record, June 28, 2013
”New Mexico artist’s work on display at SMSU”, Cindy Votruba, Marshall, MN Independent, Lifestyle Section, Sept. 14, 2013
The Club Collection Catalog, Published illustrations, Embler Art Gallery at American Airlines Admirals Club(s). Located in 37 worldwide lounges including Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, and London, page 7, Fall/Winter 2013
The Club Collection Catalog, Published illustrations, Embler Art Gallery at American Airlines Admirals Club(s). Located in 37 worldwide lounges including Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, and London, page 7, Summer 2013
“Downtown Delight”, The New York Sun Calendar Edition, sec II, April 15-17, 2005
Bill Canacci, “Modern Tribalism”, Home News Tribune, Asbury Park Press, New York Section, April 3, 2005
“Tesuque Hills #2”, published article and illustration, New York Collects Buffalo State, pgs 46 & 47, July 9 –Oct 3, Diane M. Koeppel and Joan Vita-Marotta, curator
YACHTS International – May, 2004, Page 106, Bannenberg’s Signature Build
Poughkeepsie Art Museum, “Point of View” Catalog ‘04, Poughkeepsie, NY
Mary A. Durlak, “A State’s Worth of Art”
“Door Darshai” (TV show) ISAG – May 17, 2002, New Delhi, India
Sharon Bartel-Clements, “After the Hunt”, published article and illustration, The Manhattan Arts International Magazine, New York, NY
Jeanne C. Wilkinson, “4 Abstract Artists Show Rewards of Discovery”, THE TRIBECA TRIB, November, 1999
Lois Delaine, “Women Artists Exhibition”, at James E. Lewis Museum of Art, “The Baltimore Afro-American,” Lifestyle, April 13 1999, Page B-4
Artist Work Profile, Prince George’s County Public Broadcasting, Channel 15, 1999
“Lalit Kala Academy’ 98 Catalog”, National Gallery of Art, New Delhi, India, 1998
Ferdinand Protzman, “Style”, Galleries; The Washington Post, August 2, 1997
University of Maryland College Park, Maryland, W.C. Richardson, Patrick Craig, Post-Graduate Special Studies Program, 1992-94
Scottsdale School of Art, Scottsdale, Arizona, John Asaro, Instructor, 1991
Art Students League of New York, NY, Daniel Dickerson, Instructor, 1986-87
Laguna Beach School of Art, Post Graduate Studies Program, John Asaro, Instructor, 1982-83
Art Department, State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science Degree