Five Minutes With: 'Eclectic' artist Sheri Farbstein

jpaprocki@islandpacket.comApril 20, 2012 

  • "Eclectic" by Sheri Farbstein runs April 30 to May 27 at the Art League of Hilton Head's Walter Greer Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. An opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. May 3 at the gallery.

    Details: www.artleaguehhi.org

Once Sheri Farbstein encountered the 3-D world, she couldn't go back.

The Hilton Head Island artist discovered sculpture and other three- dimensional art in college at Carnegie Mellon University. She taught art and designed jewelry for major retailers before moving to the island in 1988. She recently formed the Fine Art Crafts Guild consisting of sculptors, potters, jewelers and the like.

"Eclectic," an exhibit of her work, will be shown at the Art League of Hilton Head's gallery starting April 30.

Farbstein explains how she got stuck in the third dimension.

Question. The theme to your show is "eclectic." Why is that?

Answer. I've had shows before, and I usually pick a theme like forms or shapes. But this time I decided to do a little bit of a lot of things. It shows off the extent of what I do. A variety of shapes, colors and sizes. I did large pots, sculpture, heads, things I called glows, which have light in them. I have some guitars that I made that will be going on the wall.

Q. Wait, you mentioned heads?

A. Yes, heads. I was in Croatia a few years ago. I walked into a museum and there were these old ethnic headdresses. I was really inspired. I made a whole bunch of different heads. So I created ones with different headdresses and different themes to them. I have one head -- it's called "Oh, What A Day I've Had." The top is open and it has all the things coming out of it -- groceries, the dog, all that. And it's got hands on the side and the eyes looking up. They can be fun, too.

Q. Ever tried painting?

A. I took everything in college. My senior year I had a couple extra hours, and I fell into the ceramics studio. I never left.

Q. What is it about sculpture that's interested you?

A. Three dimension feels more fully satisfied than two dimension for me -- to see something and feel something and fully experience it.

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