Cheryl Coon's abstract sculptures, made with plastic, wax, and ceramics, are observations on aquatic forms seen over many years of kayaking and fishing around the Sea of Cortez and Baja. She is fascinated by mysterious organisms like diatoms and plankton that demonstrate infinite variations of natural geometry.
"I am interested in microscopic organisms, diseases, viruses, and insects. The sculptures refer to cells, spores, pollen, and minute creatures which have the power to affect our physical well-being. These biological abstractions are investigations of the attraction/repulsion and the extreme beauty of natural organisms."
Her sculptures are indicative of many recurring patterns in nature, such as shells, spikes, thorns or fish spines which are used by organisms for protection – to repel intruders in a hostile environment.
Cheryl Coon received a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and BAs in Art & French from Humboldt State. She studied art history at the Université de Paris XIII, Panthéon-Sorbonne. She has had exhibitions at the de Saisset Museum, Triton Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Rosa, State University of New York, Morris Graves Museum, Euphrat Museum, and San Francisco State University Art Gallery, and internationally at the The Rooms Gallery in Canada, the Polymer Culture Factory, Katlamaja, Estonia and the Galerii Y, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia and the Physics Room in Christschurch, New Zealand. Awards include the Carl Djerassi Honorary Fellowship from the Djerassi Artist Residency program, a full sculpture fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, an artist residency at the Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland, and an artist residency at Villa Montalvo.