Vicki Sher creates a reductive language from abstract, colorful lines and shapes on varying media. Over the past three decades, she has honed her aesthetic to capture the pertinent qualities of fluid geometric shapes. Presenting circles, oddly shaped squares, and half-moons that dance across translucent drafting film, Sher’s artwork aims to elevate an individual’s spirits.
Exploring human behavior, natural objects, and relationships within each collection of work, Sher’s vibrant colors express the inherent beauty and joy within our world. Even though our current social and political realities may be in dissolution, Sher remains positive and uses her art as a way to stimulate beauty inside herself and others. Uniting to tell a narrative or create a mood, Sher’s geometric shapes interact to capture the power of purpose, colorful shapes against a clean backdrop.
Over the years, she has experimented with many mediums such as transparent cotton scrim, muslin, and drafting film to illuminate a narrative. Her compositions are built from many layers, which is why drafting film works particularly well for her desired aesthetic. Drafting film also referred to as mylar, is a thin, translucent, non-yellowing material that is stable under many temperatures. Due to the nature of this type of paper, Sher can work from both sides of the film to create a layered, 3D look.
Born in Washington D.C. in 1966, Vicki Sher received her BFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and her MFA from the University of Iowa. Her work has been exhibited at public institutions, including the Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, and The Phillips Museum at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship award and a VCCA Fellowship award. She has participated in numerous art fairs, including VOLTA Basel, NADA, and PULSE. Sher is represented by Frosch & Portmann Gallery in New York, NY; George Gallery, Charleston, SC, and Red Arrow Gallery in Nashville, TN.