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Honoring the Women Warriors

Honoring the Women Warriors

BY MEGAN BENNETT / JOURNAL NORTH REPORTER
Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal

When visiting the site of the Terracotta Army statues in China, Sharon Bartel Clements turned to her husband and asked him, where are all the women?

The couple was visiting Xi’an and went to the mausoleum where there are rows of thousands of life-size clay sculptures of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s male warriors. The statues, buried around the emperor for protection, were discovered in 1974.

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Sharon Bartel Clements: Warrior Women Torso Project

Sharon Bartel Clements: Warrior Women Torso Project

in the CCA Tank Garage Gallery, spector ripps project space
Public Opening Reception: Friday, Februrary 1, 6-8pm
CCA Members’ VIP Preview: Friday, Februrary 1, 5-6pm
Exhibition Runs: Februrary 1 – April 21, 2019

The CCA brings Sharon Bartel Clements’ Warrior Women Torso Project to the intimate spector ripps projects space housed within the CCA’s Tank Garage Gallery. Honing the strength of the ancient Terracotta Warriors and Horses witnessed on her recent trip to Xi’an, China, Bartel Clements explores what it means to embody a warrior. Upon experiencing the life-sized terracotta statues, Bartel Clements asked herself “Where were the women warriors? … What makes a woman a warrior?” In a series of 31 plaster casts of female torsos, the Santa Fe-based artist expresses each woman’s form as a powerful symbol of courage and resilience.

About Sharon Bartel Clements
Sharon Bartel Clements’ artistic career spans 20 years with over a dozen solo shows and featured in nearly 30 group exhibitions in both national and international venues, such as the Lalit Kala Akademi, Nat’l Academy of Art, in New Delhi, India, and at IASG, Tsinghuo University, in Beijing, China. Her works are included in numerous private, museum, and corporate collections nationally, including Albright Knox. She has been interviewed and reviewed by publications in print and online, and was named one of the “101 Super Hot Artists for 2015” on the Art Book Guy’s website.

Currently, Bartel Clements lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was born in North Tonawanda, New York. She received her Bachelors and then Masters of Science in Art Education from the State University College at Buffalo, NY. In addition, she attended a Post-Graduate Special Studies Program at the University of Maryland College Park and at the Art Students League of New York.

Image: Sharon Bartel-Clements, Torso 22, plaster wrap, acrylic paint, sewing patterns, collage  20 x 17 x 12 in. (55.5 in. high with stand)

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Sharon Bartel Clements is Fusion Art’s 3-Dimensional “Artist Spotlight” Winner for February 2018

Sharon Bartel Clements is Fusion Art’s 3-Dimensional “Artist Spotlight” Winner for February 2018

Fusion Art is pleased to announce that Sharon Bartel Clements has been awarded an Artist Spotlight Solo Art Exhibition on its website. The Artist Spotlight Solo Art Exhibition Series highlights individual artists of exceptional talent and skill who have an overall body of work to showcase.

Sharon is the 3-Dimensional Artist Spotlight winner for the month of February 2018. She is a New Mexico based artist and sculptor. Five years ago, Sharon conceived of the idea for her Ancient Warrior Torso Project, an installation of 30 cast female torsos that captures their lives, their strengths and struggles, and how they have survived.

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The Creation of a Warrior

I wanted to take you behind the scenes and share with you how I begin creating one of my WARRIOR sculptures. Each of my female models is special and unique … and this is how I start the process of honoring her and her story. Please enjoy these three 30- to 48-second videos detailing the process. You can learn more about my TORSO PROJECT and view the embodiments of these extraordinary feminine beings as finished works by clicking here.

Featured Artist Interview on ArtSpecifier.com

By Joyce Creiger, June 2016

Joyce: To begin can you tell me about your personal life…what constitutes your family?
I was born in North Tonawanda, NY, a working class suburb of Buffalo. Buffalo is really a great area to grow up, hard-working, middle class people. My father was an insurance salesman. My mother was a stay at home Mom and I’m the third of four children. I was the only one in my family to complete a four-year college education and earn my Master’s Degree in Art Education.

I’m married with one son who has a family of his own. When I married little did I realize I would travel all over the world, visiting such places as Africa (5 times), Australia (3 times), Tibet, China, India, all over Europe, and other countries I haven’t mentioned. This all happened because of my husband’s career with Toyota.
All of my travels expanded my small world and awakened me to new adventures and possibilities. The people I’ve met through Toyota are some of the nicest I know.

Joyce: How long have you been working in the arts and how did you begin?
My idea of being an artist came to me very early in life. I had an Uncle Erv who actually lived in California. My father’s brother would visit our family about once a year or so, bringing gifts and dresses (he had seven sons, no girls). He always asked to see my artwork, and soon I started making art for him to see and keep. He always asked a lot of questions and took a genuine interest in what I was doing.

I started being more involved in school with art, winning contests, and being in charge of classroom and school art. I guess this type of attention spurred my wanting to teach art as well. I went to State University College at Buffalo for undergraduate and master’s degrees. I taught in Lewiston, New York, a beautiful little town outside of Niagara Falls. I taught there eight years. During that time, I got married. I then started the process of many moves with my husband’s work in the auto industry. During the time we lived in Northern New Jersey I would get up early and take a bus to New York city. I took painting classes at the Art Students League while my husband got our son off to school. New York was another exciting adventure for me and I loved going there. My work became more abstract, painting more landscapes.
While living in Maryland for nine years I had my own studio and became involved in a great local artist group. I loved Maryland and hated to leave. I’d also take side trips to New York. In California (we lived there three different times), I continued to paint and went to various workshops and attended what was then called Laguna Beach School of Art. Also, during this time I started traveling more, raising our son and continuing my painting.

Joyce: Describe a few recent projects and rewards associated with the projects.
About three years ago I conceived of the idea for my Ancient Warrior Torso Project, an installation of thirty torsos. Since beginning, I have completed twenty-eight torsos. My goal is thirty.

The rewards of doing this project have been many. Each woman has their own background and history which is as individual as their physical appearance. They also bring with them their story and whatever that might mean to them. The stories will then be a part of the installation along with their torso. Not only have I had the reward of seeing a transformation when the hard plaster shell is removed, but I’ve heard them say, “This really feels like a shield or a hard protective coating of armor.”

Working with all of these women makes me realize our humanness, and all we share in joy and vulnerability. We all have a story to tell and a voice crying to be heard.

You can read the full interview with Joyce Creiger, premiere art consultant in the Boston-area, at ArtSpecifier.com.

Gallery 705 will host an opening reception for Santa Fe, N.M., artist Sharon Bartel Clements

Gallery 705 will host an opening reception for Santa Fe, N.M., artist Sharon Bartel Clements

Gallery 705 will host an opening reception for Santa Fe, N.M., artist Sharon Bartel Clements from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 705 Fulmer Ave., Stroudsburg.

Clements’ exhibit of mixed-media paintings will run through July 25 at the gallery.

Living and working in New Mexico, Clements’ mixed-media paintings use materials such as tire tracks and sewing patterns on paper.

She has shown 13 solo exhibitions between 1999 and 2011, and has had 23 group exhibitions in the past 20 years.

The reception is free and open to the public.

For information, call 570-421-0833 or visit gallery705.com.

The Monroe County Garden Club will offer a tour of nine gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The tour will highlight gardens in East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg and Henryville. The garden tour will be held rain or shine.

Tickets are $8 for club members, $10 for nonmembers and free for children under age 12. Tickets are available 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in front of (not inside) the following locations: Trackside Bar and Grill, 50 Crystal St., East Stroudsburg; and Werkheiser’s Garden Center, Route 611, Tannersville.

Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund for the garden club.

For information, call 570-629-0279 or 570-897-6433, or email akamc@frontiernet.net.