Cheryl Humphreys on her series, Modular
"These works began as color studies. Relying on simple shapes and small canvases allows me the space to explore color immediately: the color of the paper, the ink, the layering of the two. I find color to be so transcendent. It can lead to a memory, a feeling, a thought, a place, a dream. As the color studies multiply, flip and sit side by side, the simple shapes get more complex.
For the tessellated works, each paper tile has been individually torn, dyed and printed to become part of a whole. These works come with maps prompting different variations on how the tiles can live together. They are meant to be played with, arranged and rearranged until a combination appears that makes the viewer feel. The final work of art becomes a collaboration.
I am interested in connecting with others, encouraging creation and offering a way for them to be a part of the process. For me, this building, deconstructing and rebuilding of the works represents the importance of adaptability and change as a way of moving forward.
For the past year, I have been studying and experimenting with plant based dyes. I have learned a lot from my dear friend and indigo guru, Niki Tsukamoto (of Lookout and Wonderland). Her workshops and knowledge have opened up a whole new world of color for me. Pillar and Waves are from my very first successful vat of Indigo. The texture that comes with the indigo makes the tiles themselves feel like they have a history.
Peaks is a different recipe of indigo; you can tell by the lighter, warmer blue. This piece was dyed in one of Niki’s workshops and it’s texture reminds me of the sky.
I will be continuing to work with plant-based dyes moving forward. The process of working with natural dyes is a slower one. It requires patience and an open mind; you never know what you are going to get."
- Cheryl Humphreys