About My Art

The Art of Sharon Bartel-Clements

About five years ago, I conceived of the idea for my Ancient Warrior Torso Project, an installation of cast female torsos that captures their lives, their strengths and struggles, and how they have survived. To date, I have fulfilled my goal of 30 completed torsos. The word “ancient” naturally brings historical references to mind.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.

The battles fought on the field of long ago can now be seen as an analogy of hardships that are overcome with today’s modern problems. I am looking to bring the ancient artistic traditions of the Terracotta Warriors into a modern context with contemporary methods. For myself, I have had an art practice for many years, however, in The Ancient Warrior Torso Project I found a young/new voice and vision that has a link to the past while coming to terms with present concerns.

After viewing the ancient site of male warriors, I started thinking of the women I know, and of myself, who can represent a small fraction of the population. . I believe women are the real warriors, now and throughout history. What was lost and forgotten has been found. I am looking at the past seeking a connection to the present – bravery has taken on a new meaning and a new suit of armor.
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.

In an age where we are bombarded by living in the physical, it’s easy to forget that we are spiritual beings on a journey with our own stories to tell that are ours alone. We, as all women, carry with`in us, an ancient wisdom. This wisdom that was passed down through the ages and was somehow lost, or forgotten. We are all given a path to follow and a story that is ours alone.

My Ancient Warrior Torsos are made by using plaster wrap applied to each individual woman’s torso. Once the plaster is removed from the body and dried, the surface is applied with sewing patterns, paint and collage, and at times gauze and sand. Each torso consists of an interconnected front and a back. To further enhance their individuality, each woman is measured to determine their correct torso height.

I’d like to see all the torsos in one space; representing a totality of the woman as the warrior archetype. The Torso Project is an installation of 30 torsos, that explores the viewer’s reactions and thoughts, physically and emotionally, as they walk among the individual pieces. The viewer wanders into an environment of torsos of different sizes, heights and shapes. Each torso reflects a collective power and a re-awakened voice within its armor.

Something is observed; connections are made and transferred, between the viewer to the individual torso, and the viewer to the installation as a whole. They will relate to the project on many different levels and establish an affinity to the work they see. The viewer takes on a mental attitude that determines their point of view. The gallery space is filled with the torsos’ presence and the word “ancient” is no longer part of their being. Their painted wrappings and patterned exterior reveal their inner strength. Within the gallery space, a synergistic presence emerges, as the viewer finds themselves surrounded by torsos.

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.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Art Design Consultants (ADC) 25th Anniversary, “Ancient Warrior #4;” ADC & Blink Art Resource, ADC Gallery; Cincinnati, OH; June 3 – July 7, 2017
  • The Figure: Interpreted Through Contemporary Mediums, “Ancient Warrior #9,” International Juried Art Exhibition NYC, Site: Brooklyn; Brooklyn, NY; January 19 – 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, Online Gallery; February 2015
  • 125 Years: Women of Vision, National Association of Women Artists, Inc., The Armory Art Center; West Palm Beach, FL; December 5, 2014 – January 10, 2015
  • Sculptural Visions in 3D, National Association of Woman Artists, Inc., NAWA Online Gallery: AWARD WINNER, thenawa.orgDailyBrushwork.com; June 5 – October 31, 2014
  • Sharon Bartel Clements Sculptures, Paintings, Mixed Media: ArtSlant Online Gallery; February 2014 – Present
  • Divine Inspirational Visual Artistic Souls DIVAS: National Association of Woman Artists, Inc. – NAWA; First Online Gallery, Juried Exhibition, AWARD WINNER; 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.com Online Gallery; October 30, 2013 – Present
  • SOLO SHOW: Bartel Clements Recent Paintings: William Whipple Gallery, Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum; Marshall, MN; August 22 – September 30, 2013
  • SOLO SHOW: 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
  • The Artist Among Us: Burchfield Penney Art Center; Buffalo, New York; May 11 – August 26, 2012
  • SOLO SHOW: Nature of Things: Franklin 54 Gallery + Projects (Now Joyce Pommer + Projects); 526 West 26th St #403, New York, NY 10001; November 8 – December 17, 2011
  • SOLO SHOW: Side of the Road: Franklin 54 Gallery + Projects (Now Joyce Pommer + Projects); 526 West 26th St #403, New York, NY 10001; November 5 – 28, 2010
  • SOLO SHOW: Side of the Road: Paintings & Drawings, William Whipple Gallery, Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum; Marshall, MN; January 12 – February 26, 2010
  • Vacation Venues, A Group Exhibition, Franklin 54 Gallery (Now Joyce Pommer + Projects);; 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 (Now Joyce Pommer + Projects);; New York, NY; November 1, 2007 – June 6, 2008
  • Made In the U.S.A., Blue Hill Cultural Center; Peal River, NY; June 8 – November 20, 2007
  • SOLO SHOW: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Collectors Gallery, “Abstract Works by Sharon Bartel-Clements;” Buffalo, NY; September 15 – November 3, 2005
  • SOLO SHOW: Franklin 54 Gallery, “New Abstract Work: Sharon Bartel-Clements;” New York, NY; 2005
  • The Painting Center, Painting Center Slide Registry; New York, NY; (Ongoing, Curated)
  • Poughkeepsie Art Museum, “Point of View;” Poughkeepsie, NY; 2004
  • Burchfield–Penny Art Center, “New York Collects Buffalo State,” Buffalo, NY; 2004
  • SOLO SHOW: Franklin 54 Gallery (Now Joyce Pommer + Projects);“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
  • SOLO SHOW: Cornell Medical Association; New York, NY; 2003
  • SOLO SHOW: New York University, New York Medical Center; New York, NY; 2003
  • SOLO SHOW: 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

Registries

  • Ancient Warrior Torso Series, Brooklyn Museum – Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: 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

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Buffalo, NY
  • Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bartel; Riverside, CA
  • Mr. Joe Calabrese; Buffalo, NY
  • Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Catena; Locust, NJ
  • Mr. Jean Cherqui; Paris, France
  • Ms. Pinky Crabtree-Mackey; Greenwich, CT
  • Master Qi Feilong; New York, NY & China
  • Mr.  & Mrs. Jamal Masburn; New Orleans, LA
  • Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mueller, Team Toyota Corp; Langhorn, PA
  • Mr. Phillip Munizo; Durham, CT
  • Mercedes Benz of Edison, NJ
  • Pivec Advertising; Timonium, MD
  • Mr. and Mrs Phillip Resnick, Woodfield Lexus; Schaumburg, IL
  • Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising; New York, NY
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bob Turcotte; New York, NY
  • William Whipple Gallery, Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum; Marshall, MN

Bibliography

  • “Sharon Bartel Clements: Torso Project,” Blink: Your Art Resource, Annual Trade Publication, 2017; Art Design Consultants, published illustrations, p. 226
  • Art Specifier Facebook Featured Artist, “Ancient Warrior Torso Project, by Sharon Bartel Clements.” 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, 705 Fulmer Ave., Stroudsburg; Pocono Record; June 28, 2013
  • ”New Mexico Artist’s Work on Display at SMSU,” Cindy Votruba, Marshall Independent (Minnesota), Lifestyle Section; September 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 –October 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; New Delhi, India; May 17, 2002
  • 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

Education

  • 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