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Had stopped by Karen Allendoerfer’s place, A Thousand Finds, this morning. She had done a post about how the geo cachers were helping clean up their neck of the woods for Earth Day. Great post! And a very important job to take on.

She also had talked about a “bio generator” she’d run across that basically put together a bio for you based on three words. It sounded kind of fascinating, so I gave it a shot. At first I was taken aback, then miffed, then delighted as I got used to the idea of what it had spit out. The three words I’d picked were language, poetic, and alienation. Truthfully it left me a little CONFUSED but it may also be RIGHT ON THE MONEY! LOL

Cheryl D. Carter

Cheryl D. Carter (1951, Marion, United States) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By manipulating the viewer to create confusion, Carter wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.

Her artworks appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. By investigating language on a meta-level, she tries to grasp language. Transformed into art, language becomes an ornament. At that moment, lots of ambiguities and indistinctnesses, which are inherent to the phenomenon, come to the surface.

Her works focus on the inability of communication which is used to visualise reality, the attempt of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content and the dysfunctions of language. In short, the lack of clear references are key elements in the work. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, she often creates several practically identical works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested: notes are made and then crossed out again, ‘mistakes’ are repeated.

Her works are on the one hand touchingly beautiful, on the other hand painfully attractive. Again and again, the artist leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts.

Seriously! I think they get me! LOL 😀 Thanks, Karen! I found this VERY enlightening. 🙂 And if you would care to give it a go, you can find the bio generator here… So what do YOU think, those of you who have had a chance to lurk around inside my head??? 😀


Picture Source: Michael Drake Music