Sheryl Keen

"Art is the place where I can risk everything; the medium through which I can give and show myself to the world. My work is an examination and exploration of self. It asks a couple of questions, who am I, what is my place in the world, what is my best self and how do I get to that best self that I see in my mind’s eye. As humans, we are always evolving and striving to get to a better place. And that better place usually comes with some amount of self-reflection and examination. And it’s that process and journey that is fascinating, how do we change to get to a better self?

We are layered, multi-dimensional people who can be several things at once or we can be one thing today and something completely different tomorrow. Or maybe we just become better versions of ourselves.

It is my belief that art can change a space dramatically and in so doing, change the mood of the persons who use the space. Art can also change the way the world is viewed and an individual’s impression of himself/herself. On all counts, my intention is to help bring about these changes.

I work mainly with acrylics and mixed media. This mix of the tradition with found objects gives the work additional texture and design, makes the finished product more interesting and connects traditional media to things from everyday life, thus making the art work truly a “slice of life.” Much of my work can be considered 3D. I use modeling paste to create a layered effect and that is how I see myself and other people and the questions that I am asking with my art. We are layered, multi-dimensional people who can create change.

My work is meditative, contemplative and some say interpretive but always there is an internal search for meaning."

Sheryl A. Keen is an artist and author. It has been this way since she could first hold pencil and paper. She is interested in bringing contemplative and interpretive works to the viewers’ experience.

Sheryl is a self-taught artist who works mainly with acrylics mixed media. She uses a technique that stacks modeling paste to create a 3D effect. Her works have been included in solo and group exhibitions. She has been featured at the Pickering Canadian Caribbean Cultural Association Dinner, at CIBC Black History Month Events, at several of Toronto Public Library and at private showings.

Her most recent exhibitions include her solo exhibition at Station Gallery, solo exhibition at A Different Booklist, and ongoing solo exhibition at Knowledge bookstore. Other exhibitions include group exhibition at the Feminist Arts Conference 2017 at OCAD, Station Gallery Group Exhibition 2017, the Queen Street Art Crawl, Kingston Road Art Walk, Queen/Saulter Public Library, Richview Library, Pape & Danforth Library and the Political Candy Group show with the Pendulum Project. She has also participated in the “Together we Rise” group exhibitions at the Areej Gallery and at Artists to Artists Foundation in 2016.

Sheryl explores themes that include the internal struggles that take place within a person that leads to outward change and she also celebrates women in her work.

Her works can also be found at the Knowledge Bookstore in Brampton, Tribal Eye in Kensington Market and A Different Booklist in Toronto. She is a member of Artists to Artist Foundation.

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