SherriWolfgang.com presents Wolfgang’s past and recent work. The website is presented like a portfolio, using different subject matter and genres that she has pursued over the last few years.
Today’s privileged Millennials have been raised to strive for the best possible life, because that's what we have given them - the best neighborhoods, schools, education, and our time. This generation has been brought up with words like "good job!" from the moment they were born. We have given them more guidance, support, love than generations before us, and have always tried to remove obstacles and challenges for them. But what happened?
With the unrelenting exposure to 24/7 news, social media and the increasing societal pressures to “achieve” what their parents have done, paralyzing anxiety and fear of the unknown future have taken root in their young minds. While putting on brave fronts, they do not quite know what the next step is - and uncertainty, sadness and desolation descend as they try to figure it out.
The AMERICAN PATHOS series attempts to capture that dark cloud of millennial doubt that continually rears its head even during happy occasions. The heady joy of a senior prom, a big step toward “grownuphood” and independence, is still counterbalanced by the age-old question of “uh oh, now what?” as evidenced in the painting The Prom(ise).
This newest series was inspired by the earliest movies which were short, flickering images creating the illusion of motion. As in the first theaters to show these films more than a century ago, Nick.e.lo.de.on captures individual “frames” of a dancer in motion. The spotlight flickers on and off…and with the contrast of shadow and light recaptures the wonders of the human body and expression.
Sherri Wolfgang’s “Twisted” series of life sized paintings, dramatically captures our society’s fascination with warped mental and physical states of cosmetic surgery. Using her own body as model, she creates a narrative of what she is witnessing. Our society’s culture of youth obsession and physical beauty has taken its toll on American women’s self image and esteem - to the point of twisting and distorting their own bodies and minds. Whether it’s marking up Wolfgang’s own body to show the dehumanization inherent in potential cosmetic surgeries, images of finding detached body parts on a train, or tracking the hopes and then horrified realizations of pre – and post – surgeries, Wolfgang’s works exposes the essence of this unfortunate and unnecessary phenomenon.
Mental illness takes a toll on not just individuals and their families, but on our larger society. Although mental illness was not Wolfgang's own, it unfortunately became a part of her life and impacted her in every way possible. The process of painting and creating art helped purge Wolfgang's emotional, physical and financial ordeals. Art was her vital catharsis for what was happening to herself and her family. Through that horrific and tragic journey, painting protected her sanity and preserved her well-being.
Wolfgang spent her early years in disciplined, rigorous training drawing the figure and learning the science of anatomy. Traditionally, drawings and paintings of the nude, called "académies," were the required foundation for all artists before they were even allowed to begin drawing or painting from live models. The blueprint of Wolfgang's paintings has always been a strong aesthetic in drawing and she still follows traditional steps, becoming familiar with the contour, light and shade, and then layering with oils and resins.
As a young artist, Wolfgang co-founded an enormously successful illustration studio in New York City in 1983, The Dynamic Duo Studio, Inc. Through the years The Dynamic Duo Studio won numerous industry awards for its covers for the New York Times magazine, Worth, Barrons, Time, Forbes, Business Week, Der Spiegel plus other recognition for work that appeared in national and international newspapers. In addition, illustrations from The Dynamic Duo have been the centerpiece for some of the most famous advertising campaigns in the U.S. (Coca-Cola, IBM, Burger King, Reebok, NBC, Nike, MTV, and Nickleodeon). Although Wolfgang’s early commercial career revolved around illustration, she has always maintained her fine art roots in traditional painting.