Artist Statement: I work intuitively creating patterns and textures that often resemble something found in nature through the use of mixed media. The work is often inspired by the curiosity of a specific medium and the discovery of pushing its limits. Embellishments of thread, stitching, and/or knots are added to slow the process driven work, a meditation of sorts. The artwork becomes a sensory experience for the viewer and an invitation to question what lies just below the surface of perception.
Sherri Denault, born in Chicago and residing in Bourbonnais, Illinois, is an artist whose work is made with an exploration of materials: Paper, India ink, gesso, acrylic, and thread either on canvas or birch wood panel or as a sculpture. In her paintings you will find evident layers of these different materials that are built up, combining, repelling, veiling, and disguising each other and creating an organic, chaotic field of pattern. In her sculptural pieces, she explores with thread by knotting the thread and hand stitching paper or cheesecloth. The paper or cheesecloth used to create the sculpture or relief are manipulated, treated with medium and painted.