"My Bauhaus Weaving Series hints at, incorporates, and features weaving as a focal design element. This collection of works began serendipitously – I had woven some of the cropped paper edges from an earlier project and then affixed the woven elements to loosely painted backgrounds to create a couple of new pieces. Because of the woven aspects on these works, I was reminded of the precise, yet sometimes unpredictable colorful rug patterns created by the group of women weavers who were part of the early 20th century Bauhaus Art School and the Bauhaus Art movement. Loosely using the Bauhaus rug weavings as a launching point for my series, I wanted to further explore, develop, and convey the notion of the weaving process. I used a variety of processes and materials to create a sense of loose tension and bold movement through the overlap and interplay of the woven “warp and weft” of the designs. On a personal note, my family tree has its original ancestral roots in Germany, which is where the Bauhaus Art School and movement sprang up a bit over a century ago. . . I feel like I’m paying my respects and giving a playful nod of recognition to the departed creative friends and relatives of my own unknown ancestors of long ago."
- Cheryl Kinderknecht
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“My creativity gives me a sense of continued accomplishment, relevance, validation, and meaningful self-expression despite the challenges that life has brought.”
Cheryl Kinderknecht grew up on the High Plains of midwestern Kansas with a large creative family that nurtured creative self-expression. As a child, she remembers drawing great masterpieces and maps on the sidewalk with small chunks of limestone. Art has always been Cheryl’s first love and she received an undergraduate degree in art. Recognizing how difficult it is to make a living as an artist, she attained graduate degrees in behavioral sciences and spent much of her career working in that field.
While Cheryl was working, she gradually began to lose her peripheral vision due to undiagnosed retinitis pigmentosa. When her degenerative retinal condition was finally diagnosed in her late 40’s, Cheryl was already experiencing severe tunnel vision. This has not deterred Cheryl from continuing to explore her creativity and identity as an artist. “I’ve learned that all of us humans are flawed or outsiders in one way or another.” Cheryl continues, “More importantly, I’ve learned that we can choose to use our imperfections and challenges as catalysts and building blocks to create meaningful lives.”
Living with retinitis pigmentosa has increasingly influenced Cheryl’s artwork. The condition continues to change her perception of color and shape, as well as what tools and techniques she is still able to apply while creating a new piece of art. When asked about her creative process, Cheryl elaborates “My actual vision is a secondary process used in my artwork…I rely more on my ‘mind’s eye’ with its panoramic visual memories and emotional context to drive my work. I like to believe that my limited, fragmented and flickering vision brings an unexpected perspective and intuitive freedom to my creative process.”
Over the years Cheryl’s work has been exhibited in regional and national shows, as well as being included in private collections in the US and abroad. When asked why participation in ArtLifting is meaningful to her, Cheryl explains “It feels like participation with ArtLifting opens another door for me. I’m pleased to be represented by an organization that celebrates and promotes artists who are differently-abled, overlooked or marginalized.”
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