“It is a strange situation. The space we love is unwilling to remain permanently enclosed. It deploys and appears to move elsewhere without difficulty; into other times, and on different planes of dream and memory.” The Poetics of Space, by Gaston Bachelard
Architecture is one of the most telling aspects of society and my work focuses on architectural vernacular to explore ideas about the way in which associations are made. Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Architecture reveals how a society organizes itself and what societal needs are. Over the years Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Medieval and contemporary architecture have been important influences in my work. In addition, mazes and labyrinths are part of my vocabulary and intrigue me. Used symbolically throughout history they are captivating structures. Although rarely taken from a specific architectural source, I am fascinated by the variety of structures that are built and the diverse needs that architecture meets. Most recently I have researched and been influenced by architecture advocating utopian values of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Structural relationships and the idea of moving through space are important to me during the evolution of each piece. Some of my architectural references are more subliminal while in other pieces the references are more evident. I am currently drawing using a three-dimensional modeling program and building three-dimensional rapid prototyped forms. The resulting three-dimensional objects are embedded into the surface of my paintings reaffirming the architectural influences.
Cheryl Goldsleger is currently working on a project involving the National Academy of Sciences’ historic building in Washington, DC. She has recently completed a major mosaic commission for the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia that was installed in early fall 2009.