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CHERYL ROCK
THEY DIDN'T KNOW WE WERE SEEDS

Exhibition Overview

Dates: February 18 to March 26, 2022

Where: Coppa Gallery

Closing reception and artist talk: Saturday, March 26, 1pm to 3pm

 

Cheryl Rock’s studio practice makes an important gesture toward resilience. Her cut-paper works intertwine into a cosmic lattice of consciousness, rooted in the past while simultaneously stretching toward Afrofuturism. The artist writes: “Each piece represents an opportunity to share my reflections on heritage, the experiences I have gained through working with Black youth, and my journey towards more holistic well-being. This collection also represents my growing understanding of the experiences and gifts of my ancestors who have endured suffering, turmoil, and tyranny. Despite generational trauma, through pride and industry, we continue to rise!” 

 

Rock’s artistic output holds astonishing psychological insight into the human condition. Seeing her graphical works in person truly heightens our sense of their subtlety and grace. Although the interior spaces of the traditional silhouette are featureless, Rock’s profiles fill with intricate foliage and flight symbols embellished with gold. Here the artist underscores, “a counter narrative of tenacity of Black youth; lineage, growth, and a reminder of what is possible when supported by the right climate and conditions…. We are all truly seeds of brilliance that can be cultivated to propagate, creating new legacies for generations to come.”

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Cheryl Rock

Cheryl Rock completed her BFA at University of Windsor. Passionate about the power of diverse stories, she has a focus on reconnecting to oral tradition through her imagery. Her current work is with hand-cut, archival paper and mixed media. Central to her artistic practice, Cheryl is inspired by the desire to create dialogue with a diverse audience through commonalities in human experience. Cheryl has been awarded the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair – Best in Show Two-Dimensional Works for two consecutive years (2019, 2020).  She was also awarded the Mayor’s Purchase Award in 2020.

Featured Artwork

Title: SANKOFA

Medium(s): Cut paper

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