I look beyond what I see and explore the full range of human emotions. As a sculptor I try to give life to the inanimate. I love to play with clay. As I squeeze the wet red clay between my fingers, drops of moisture appear in a burgundy stream across the palm of my hand. Moments later the magic begins.
My interest in photography began less than a decade ago, after I already established myself as a sculptor and painter. I bring a sculptor’s sensibility to my photographic work, looking beneath the surface at the complexities of texture and form. Following in the footsteps of British romantics like Julia Margaret Cameron I like to play with focus, to blur the edges, imbuing my Images with ambient spirituality.
CORCORAN SCHOOL OF ART, Washington, D.C.
THE ART LEAGUE SCHOOL, Alexandria, VA
THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, Washington, D.C.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ART, Umbria, Italy
VAUGEL SCULPTURE STUDIO, Loire Valley, France
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Irvine California
RHOK ACADEMIE, Brussels, Belgium (lithography)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, Tampa, FL.
CAREER RELATED EXPERIENCE
1996 Instructor in sculpture and drawing, Ecole Français F. Dolto, Djibouti, East Africa
1996 Private drawing and sculpture lessons
2002 Artist Talk, Florida Holocaust Museum, “Reflections Without A Voice”, St. Petersburg, Florida
2005 Speaker on “Art and the Holocaust”, The Holocaust
2006 Artists Talk on “Ground Zero Scenes”, Denver Civic Theater, Denver, CO
GALLERIA, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ART, Umbria, Italy, 1994
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ART ALUMNI SHOW, Naples, Florida, 1995
Rimbaud French Cultural Center, Djibouti, East Africa, 1995, 1996 (Solo)
HUNTINGTON BEACH ART CENTER, Huntington Beach, CA "Centered on Center," 1997
ORANGE COUNTY (CA) CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, "Plausible Deniability," 1997
THE RALLS COLLECTION, Washington, D.C., "Intimate Objects," 1997
TEMPERA PLACE ROYAL GALLERY, Brussels, Belgium 1998
GALERIE TRIEDRE, Ohain, Belgium 1998
ART PERSPECTIVES INTERNATIONAL, Tervuren, Belgium 1998, 1999
AMERICAN WOMENS CLUB, Brussels, Belgium 1998, 1999, 2001
VIEWFINDERS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB OF BRUSSELS, 1998, 1999
EXHIBITION OF SCULPTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHS, “Reflections Without a Voice”, ESPACE BORTIER, Brussels, Belgium 1999 (Solo)
EXHIBIT AND AUCTION FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TEL-AVIV ART MUSEUM, “Les Drapeaux de l’espérance”, Cercle Royal Gaulois, Brussels, Belgium 1999
EXHIBIT OF ART WORK OF STUDENTS AND ARTISTS BY AND FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED, Saint John’s International School Art Gallery, Belgium, 1999
GALERIE RANSBECK, Ohain, Belgium 2000
BALTAZAR le BAZAR de l’ ART, “Le printemps sera Zen!, Brussels Belgium 2000
The Last Butterfly, by I Fiamminghi, dir. Rudolf Werthen, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, 29 April 2000. (Solo)
Brundibar, by Hans Krasa, dir. Filip Bral. Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, 8 May, 2000. Sculpture: The Last Butterfly, National Day Commemorating the Victory of Democracy over Nazi Barbarism and Genocide and the 55th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Nazi camps in the presence and under patronage of the Prime Minister of Belgium M. Guy Verhofatadt
CERCLE BEN GOURION, Brussels, Belgium 2000 (Solo)
AMERICAN WOMENS CLUB, Brussels, Belgium, “Photo-Influenced” – An exhibition by 5 photographers, 2001
TAMPA REALISTIC ARTISTS, Tampa, Florida, 2001
DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER, Dunedin, Florida, 2001
COVIVANT GALLERY, Tampa, Florida, “Luxuriance As They Stray “, April 2001
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA ART MUSEUM, Theatre “One”, Tampa, Florida, “ Fabrications”, April 2001
TAMPA REALISTIC ARTISTS, “Anything Goes”, Tampa, Florida, July 2001
TAMPA REALISTIC ARTISTS, “Photo and Print”, Tampa, Florida, July/August 2001
JEWISH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE, The Vandroff Art Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida, 2001 (Solo)
FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM, “REFLECTIONS WITHOUT A VOICE”, St. Petersburg Florida, Dec.16, 2001-March 10, 2002 (Solo)
TAMPA REALISTIC ARTISTS, “Black and White”, Tampa, Florida, Feb./March 2002
DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER, Dunedin, Florida, 2002
TAMPA REALISTIC ARTISTS, “Life Began in a Garden”, Tampa, Florida, March/April 2002
TAMPA REALISTIC ARTISTS, Gallery Walk Show, Tampa, Florida, June 2002, Second Place
TAMPA REALISTIC ARTISTS, “Epic Spirit”, Tampa Florida, Oct./Nov. 2002
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF VISUAL ARTISTS,”Square Shapes in a Round Room”, Clearwater, Florida, Dec./Jan. 2003
MAIMONIDE SCHOOL, Brussels, Belgium, 2004 (Life size Bronze) “The Last Butterfly” on loan from The Jewish Museum of Belgium
CENTRAL CITY OPERA AND THE MIZEL MUSEUM, “Brundibar”, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver University, Feb. 19/20 2005 (Solo)
COLORADO JEWISH ARTISTS GUILD, Second Annual Juried Exhibition, “Concept of Light,” May 3/22 2005
REED PHOTO-ART GALLERY, B&W Visions, Denver, CO, Sept./Oct. 2005
WINDOWS TO THE DIVINE, Colorado Dominican Vocation Foundation, Seawell Ballroom, Denver Center for Performing Arts, Denver, CO., Nov. 6, 2005
Selected Artists of the “COLORADO JEWISH ARTISTS GUILD of the Mizel Museum,” Curtis Arts & Humanities Center, Dec. 8/Jan 13 2006
BOULDER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, “Open Wall, A Community Happening, Boulder, CO, April 20, 2006
DENVER CIVIC THEATER, “PEACE & HARMONY IN PICTURE”, “GROUND ZERO SCENES”, Oct./ Dec. 2006 (Solo) , Denver, CO.
“Togetherness”, A Colorado Jewish Artists Guild of the Mizel Museum Showcase, Oct. 2006/Jan, 2007, Boulder, CO JCC
“50 Artists Seek Consciousness: Kristallnacht: Remembrance and Art”, Mizel Museum, BMH BJ Congregation, Temple Sinai, Denver, CO, Nov. 2006
Mizel Museum of Art Celebrating the First 25 Years Exhibition, Ground Zero Scene (Solo) May-Oct. 2007
The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Galleria, International School of Art, Umbria, Italy
Private collections in Europe , United States & Africa.
Jewish Museum of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Purchased by Best of Boston for GlaxoSmithKline
Galerie Ransbeck, Ohain, Belgium
Florida Holocaust Museum Traveling Exhibits, “Reflections Without a Voice”
Mizel Museum, Denver, CO permanent collecton
1995 "Le Centre Culturel Français Arthur Rimbaud presente Marlyn Cheshes." La Mission française de coopération et d'action culturelle
1995 "Art in Embassies Collection," Embassy of the United States of America, Djibouti, East Africa
1999 “Reflections Without a Voice”, Marion Lemesre, Echevin de la Culture, Au nom du Collège des Bourgmestre et Echevins de la Ville de Bruxelles
1999 “ Les Drapeaux de l’espérance,” Les Amis du Benelux de Musée d’Art de Tel-Aviv
2000 “Photo Influenced”, The American Woman’s Club, Dayle Boyd
2001/2001 “Reflections without a Voice”, The Florida Holocaust Museum , Tampa, FL
2005 “Windows to the Divine Fra Angelico Celebration of Art & Spirituality, Denver. CO
INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE CENTER, Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON SCULPTORS GROUP, Washington, D.C., MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS, Archives on Women Artists, Washington, D.C.
ART PERSPECTIVES INTERNATIONAL (API) (President)
THE HOLOCAUST AWARENESS INSTITUTE, Denver, CO.
THE AMERICAN CENTER OF UNION INTERNATIONALE de la MARIONNETTE, Atlanta, GA.
PUPPEETERS OF AMERICA, Inc.
COLORADO JEWISH ARTISTS GUILD, Denver, CO.
BOULDER ART ASSOCIATION, Boulder, CO..
ARTISTS’ NICHE, Nederland, CO
Cabrera, Julio, “Marlyn, ou le modèle pré-existant.” Diplomatic news July/Sept. 1998: Belgium 38-39.
Cabrera, “The Last Butterfly.” Diplomatic news July/Sept. 1999: Belgium. 47.
Franco, Judith, “Woman of the Month.” Marie Claire March 1999: Flemish edition. Belgium. B20.
Eilers, Lillian, “Member Profile.” Viewfinders Oct. 1999: Belgium. 2. Helft ,Jean, “ L’art dans la ville/une expo que nous avons ratée: Marlyn Cheshes: “Reflections sans voix.” Contact J Dec. 1999: Belgium. 8.
Boissin, René, “Marlyn Cheshes Sculptor et poète.” La Gazette Diplomatique N28 3e trimester 2000: Belgium. 46.
Cheshes, Marlyn. Eden, Photo, Le Petit Figaro. Opera Royal de Wallonie.
Cheshes, Marlyn, Letter 1 To my first child, Photo, Omnibus, University of South Florida’s Literary and Art Magazine, Spring/Summer 2001.
“Tampa artist’s Holocaust reflections on display at museum”, Jewish Press of Tampa Dec. 18-19, 2001: Tampa Florida. 13.
Adrienne m. Golub, “Remembering Through Art”, Florida Holocaust Museum, Weekly Planet Feb. 20-26 2002: Tampa, Florida. 43.
Cherly Kuck, “Anything Goes At Members Art Show”, Tampa Realistic Artists Gallery, Brandon News and Brandon Shopper June 12 2002, Tampa, Florida. 68.
Maile, Roger, “Marlyn Cheshes, Sexual Metaphors”, Photo Art International. June/ July 2002: Surrey, England. 37-42.
Ellen R. Klein, Undressing Feminism, Paragon Issues in Philosophy. Paragon House, 2002: cover photo by Marlyn Cheshes.