Horsepowered Memories, airbrushed images combined with car parts from past years, is my latest series. My goal as an artist is to strike a universal chord. I create works that are about the world I grew up in and the one I am witnessing now. I want to make people feel exploded with memories and then think about how these events relate to what we have become. And that is where cars came into my mind as a vehicle to take us there. Growing up in America cars took us on our life’s journey. A family vacation, a first kiss, a coming of age story spring to mind. I take the ignition that comes from a car and expand the memory to a larger history that we tend to forget.
Creative thinking has been the core of me. I was fortunate to receive training at some excellent schools starting with the Maryland Institute of Art at the age of eight. I graduated from the University of Maryland and became a teacher to practice my theory that success in art carries into other areas of learning. I earned a MS in Technical Education at Cal State East Bay.
Before coming to California I showed in galleries in Baltimore, Georgetown, Harrisburg, and Annapolis. I illustrated magazine covers and ads for newspapers in Washington, Baltimore, Gettysburg and Harrisburg. I also did illustration for various New York publishers working under SI International as my rep.
In our very busy lives few of us have the kind of time to focus solely on our art the way I have for the past few years. When I was teaching I imparted the same principle Malcolm Gladwell writes about with his “10000 Hour Rule.” Practice for 10000 hours and you will become an outlier. I have put in my 10000 hours practicing drawing, painting, sculpture and airbrush. Now I plan on producing many new works to make that practice pay.
Sherry Wacker, Wild Horse, 2010, 1964 Mustang grill emblem on airbrushed steel sheet with rope frame, 38 x 48 x 6 inches; Courtesy of the artist
Sherry Wacker, The Corvette and the Man on the Moon, 2010, Acrylic on car hood, 61 x 46 inches; Courtesy of the artist
Sherry Wacker, Drive In Magic, 2011, Airbrush on Metal with Steering Wheel, 36" w x 48"h; Courtesy of the artist
Sherry Wacker, Imagine, 2010, Airbrush on 1968 Volkswagen rear deck lid with Beatles White Album, 37" x 41" x 12" inches; Courtesy of the artist
Sherry Wacker, The Material 90's , 2011, Airbrushed painting on 1990 Corvette Rear End, 64"w 24"h 7"d; Courtesy of the artist