Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Sharon Bartel Clements

Sharon Bartel Clements

Sharon Bartel Clements is an established artist working in painting, mixed media and sculpture. A former art instructor, she now works full-time at her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sharon's interest in sewing patterns is a consistent theme throughout her work. At one time in her life, she sewed all her clothes.

Always seeking to combine color, movement and texture, Sharon's main goal is to project a sense of communing while transforming materials into sculptural representations, installations and paintings. Her work is also affected by her extensive traveling throughout the world and living in many places across the country, where she has seen first-hand the interaction of the celebration of nature in many different cultures.

Sharon Bartel Clements has enjoyed an abounding 20 year artist career. She has shown 13 solo exhibitions including her 2 most recent shows; "Bartel Clements Recent Paintings" at the William Whipple Gallery at Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum in Marshall, MN and at Gallery 705 in Stroudsburg, PA. Previously, Sharon had the opportunity to exhibit at the very prestigious institution, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, in Buffalo, NY, in the Collector's Gallery, where her show "Abstract Works by Sharon Bartel-Clements" was displayed and collected. Sharon Bartel Clements has had many group exhibitions as well. Her most recent include "The Artist Among Us" and an "Artist Invitational Auction" at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. Previously her art was included in the "Point of View" exhibit, at the Poughkeepsie Art Museum in NY.

Sharon has exhibited in group shows overseas including "Art in the Changing World" at the Lalit Kala Akademi, National Academy of Art in New Delhi, India, and "The Capital Normal" at IASG, Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China. Sharon's paintings have been published in many articles and literature and her work hangs in several homes and offices across the nation.

Sharon Bartel Clements received her Bachelors, and then Masters of Science in Art Education from the State University College at Buffalo, in Buffalo, NY. Later, she attended a Post Graduate Studies Program, at the Laguna Beach School of Art. She also went to New York to study with the Art Students League of New York. Sharon attended a Post-Graduate Special Studies Program at the University of Maryland College Park in Maryland. Sharon Bartel Clements is available through her excellent website at www.bartelclements.com for much more information.
In my Ancient Warrior Torso series, the word "ancient" naturally brings historical references to mind. The visual quality of being ancient, to me, can also mean something lost and then found. Lessons that were learned, something buried or destroyed and then rebuilt. The idea that women are the warriors in the world, in all different types of relationships, any tragedy that has affected their lives, and that they have conquered, gives them a voice. They see their own story behind the torso. Each torso has a constructed spine representing the courage it takes to achieve greatness as a woman. The torso's painted wrappings and patterned exterior reveal their inner strength. As an installation, the Torso project explores the viewer's reactions and thoughts, both physically and emotionally, as they walk among the individual pieces. Something is observed; connections are made and transferred between the viewer to an individual torso and from the viewer to the installation as a whole.

View Sharon Bartel Clements's CV (PDF)

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