Sunny Chapman

The mixed media pieces in my current series are made using monoprints cut into shapes and mounted on painted Arches paper. Some are then embellished with metallic paint.

I was a jewelry designer for 25 years, starting as an artisan jeweler selling at craft shows, art galleries and museum shops, then moving into the fashion world and selling at Barneys, Saks, etc. Having to interpret different ideas and create five new lines of jewelry a year was good training for the varied way I work, from intricate line drawings to pieces with large simple geometric shapes and bold colors. The work is currently influenced by my travels in Morocco and a love of texture and shape, from manhole covers to Japanese Kintsugi pottery.

My current series is strongly influenced by my practice of Sufism and by Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet, theologian and mystic. The Sufi Dervish tradition involves whirling, which can be seen as a symbolic imitation of planets in the solar system orbiting the sun. From this tradition, the themes of my artwork surface- doorways as portals to other universes, circles representing the whirling of the dervish and of the universe and birds being the link between heaven and earth, and between the past and the present.

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