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Cheryl Edwards: The Reverence of Water and Its Relationship to Identity


The average adult body is approximately 70% water. Cheryl Edwards began exploring the properties of water as an element of identity in 2014 and has continued to investigate this through her art. Opening January 4th, Riverviews Artspace hosts her most recent exhibition, The Reverence of Water and Its Relationship with Identity. In this body of work, Edwards showcases various media from silkscreen prints, ink stain canvas, 3D Ndebele Doll, digital drawings and light boxes. Her prints are taken off collected saliva samples from two females and two males, one of each being African American and the other Caucasian. Using a microscope and light boxes to inspect the samples, she noticed similarities between the four samples and found that “each was unique or remarkably the same.” Using water as muse and medium, raw canvases stained with ink while wet will hang alongside her prints as a visual representation of water.

About the Artist:

Cheryl D. Edwards was born in Miami Beach, Florida. She began her studies in art during 1988 in New York City in a class at the Art Student League taught by the late, Ernest Crichlow. She has been living in Washington, D.C. for the past 23 years. Edwards has exhibited in many shows in the Washington, D.C., New York, Virginia, Maryland, Miami, Texas, Germany, Monaco and Hong Kong. Her interest in art stems from her fascination of the human body as a whole. Her medium is oil, ink and acrylics. Please contact her for viewings and/or visit her website:
Currently represented by Susanne Junggenburth Gallery (Germany) ( Cheryl Edwards is a 2015 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Awardee. She is an awardee in the Art Cart: Saving The Legacy project selected by the Research Center for Arts and Culture. The Art Cart Project resulted in the archival of her artwork in the Academic Commons Columbia University archives. She is also a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the David Driskell Center (University of Maryland); and an Advisor to the Washington Sculptors Group in Washington, D.C.

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