Play / Americans
On exhibit at Central Library, February 2014
Cheryl D. Edwards was born in Miami Beach, Florida. She began her art studies in 1988, in a class at the Art Student League in New York City taught by the late, Ernest Crichlow. She has lived in Washington, DC for the past 18 years.
The majority of paintings on display are from the series “Play,” an ongoing exploration the relationship of form, color and shapes, based on a previous series of work about the Ndebele Dolls:
“Dolls have been historically used by the Ndebele People to enhance the possibility of marriage and childbirth. A more widespread usage is to employ a doll to assist in a healing ritual. Many of the dolls made by the Ndebele woman are representative of the traditional healers (Sangoma); they are notably recognized by their dress and always accompanied by a red blanket or cloth worn over their shoulders. This is symbolic of protection of one’s powers.”
Edwards has exhibited in many shows in the Washington, DC, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Miami, Texas and Hong Kong. She is currently represented by Wohlfarth Gallaries (Washington! DC); Artisan Direct, LLC(Rochester, NY); Susanne Junggeburth Gallery (Germany).
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