Susan Meyerhoff Sharples
Susan Meyerhoff Sharples’ an international artist based in studios at Wirral, UK has recently arrived back from exhibiting in Montenegro and earlier in the year Croatia.
She is a Fellow of Wirral Art School and a Batchelor of Arts with honours, first class from John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
Her work is inspired by evolution, provocative defence systems and the primal instinct for survival achieved via diversity and adaptation. Repetition is a constant element in the work. She creates hybrid large scale sculptural forms, table top sculptures and wall based relief works that expose a glimpse of evolutionary fantasy, suggesting relationships between ancient organisms and their modern descendants.
Her initial ideas take the form of drawings which are often developed into sculptural sketches in wire, thus exploring the three dimensional form. The final pieces are realised through processes of fabrication and construction using materials and skills generally used within engineering or craft industries.
Large scale sculptures are created from a smaller maquette which is scaled up to its intended sculptural dimensions during fabrication.
Their ambiguity reflects cultural, social and environmental concerns. Viewed from a playful perspective, they transform a materials utilitarian functionality into mythical forms linking prehistoric with futuristic.
Selected Group exhibitions
2011 HGD Gallery, Podgorica, Montenegro
Zivot Na Poluotoku, Loza Gallery, Medulin, Croatia
De-junk, Re-junk, The Pavilion, Birkenhead Park, Merseyside, UK
Od Smeca Do Umjetnosti, Loza Gallery, Medulin, Croatia
The Object of Things – Toys, Studio Valeria, Medulin, Croatia
The Object of Things – Toys, Threshold Festival, Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool, UK
About Here Abridged, Trading Forever – Brooklyn Art Library, New York, USA, – Austin Museum of Art, Texas, USA, – 29th Street Ballroom at Spider House, Texas, USA, – Space Gallery, Portland, Maine, USA, – The Granite Room, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, – Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC, USA, – Mercer Gallery, Rochester, New York, USA.
State of Perception, Metal at Edge Hill, Liverpool, UK
2010 Friend Request, Camden Lock, Brick Lane, Westminster, Spitalfields, London, UK
Soup is Touched, GRR Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK
About Here, The Gallery, Liverpool, UK
How Much Exchange Can You Stand, Maerz & Salzamt Gallery, Linz, Austria
Global Studios, Riposte, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Goldberg Private Collection, Katzir, Israel
Does Size Matter, DTFA Gallery, Cheshire, UK
The Lark Lane Atelier, Liverpool, UK
2009 Zeitgeist, Down to Fine Art, Cheshire
Go Penguins, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK
A State of Change, The Vitreum, Crosby, Sefton
Decomposition, The McGarry gallery, Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool
Private exhibition, Revolve Gallery, Manchester
Dream Homes, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Private Collector, Malaga, Spain
Make Do and Mend, St.Lukes, Liverpool
Contents May Vary Collection, Piece Hall, Halifax
A State of Change, Norton Priory, Runcorn, Halton
Private Collector, London. UK
On The Shelf, The Brindley, Runcorn, Halton
Soup at The Citadel, St. Helens, Merseyside
2008 Soup at GRR, Tate Gallery, Liverpool
North By Northwest, Holy Trinity, Leeds
In An Ideal World, St. Brides, Liverpool
Liverpool International Artists, Novas Gallery, Cultural Quarter, Liverpool
Bridges Not Walls, World Museum, Liverpool
Tidal, Brindley Gallery, Runcorn
Park Life, Birkenhead Park, Wirral
Soup at Redbill , Redbill Gallery, Wales
2011 St, Augustine’s College, St.Helens, Merseyside, UK
Loza Gallery, Medulin, Croatia
2010 The Goldberg Collection, Israel – The Object of Things
Lancelyn Green Collection – Pillar of Wisdom, Pattern of Culture
2008 Leonardo Centre, Wirral – Wrotan II
2008 Hope University, Liverpool – Urm
2007 South Wirral High School – Wrotan
2006 Lancelyn Green Collection, Poulton Hall, Wirral, UK-Nature’s Breeze, Vision, Contemplation
2005 Lancelyn Green Collection,Pod
2004 Lancelyn Green Collection,Brunanburh Viking
2003 Liverpool Women’s Hospital – Fecundus
Private collections – various international