The crux of my work uses the chair as a stand in for the body; it looks at and references our relationship to each other, and our interactions. My public out door works using a grouping of chairs where the structure initiates the posture for sitters and a place for them to come together.
If the chair is a stand in for the body then objects like tables, walls, windows then are metaphors used to describe the things that interact or can / will have an effect on these bodies, this configuration is where I begin to look for the conflict/ opportunity. The central drive for this work comes from my own lived experience where I have come to know that my place of being has greatly affected my outlook, behavior and how I interact with others. Somewhere in the midst of these elements and imagery the body is in conflict with itself, the other and the surroundings. The aesthetic features of this work come from my deep interest in the Romantic painters as described by Kenneth Clark and more so the fractured reality presented in Bacon’s paintings. Somewhere in the midst of these elements and imagery the body is in conflict with the self, the other and it’s place of being. This subject is important to me because it allows me to further explore my interest in human relationships to each other and what way our lived environments play a role in or shape our lived experiences.
Trinidadian born artist Romy Scheroder received her BFA 1999 and MFA in 2005. In 2011 Ms. Scheroder was awarded an art grant from the Rockefeller Foundation for a public art commission. In the summer of 2012 she installed her second public work on Governor’s Island with Figment Project, NY. She has exhibited with Wave Hill Arts Center / Bronx Museum, The Asian Arts Initiative, Brunei Gallery, Exit Art, El Museo del Barrio and Norwich University, State University of New York at Brockport, The University of the Arts and University of Tennessee. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.