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Gallery: Sculptures By Earlene Hardie Cox --#H101

Art fair: The Harlem Fine Arts Show

Artist: Earlene Hardie Cox

My sculptures are “Familiar Strangers” with each one subtly reminding the viewer of someone they have seen, met or known. Hopefully, they leave the viewer trying to remember exactly who it is because their recognition is just beyond the mind’s recall. In creating them, they are composites drawn from the people that I have seen, met or known while traveling the world. They are familiar strangers.

As a person with a family history of Alzheimer’s, recalling faces and names is a dreaded fear. The pieces evoke a feeling of familarity for me which is comforting. Hopefully it ma... more >>
My sculptures are “Familiar Strangers” with each one subtly reminding the viewer of someone they have seen, met or known. Hopefully, they leave the viewer trying to remember exactly who it is because their recognition is just beyond the mind’s recall. In creating them, they are composites drawn from the people that I have seen, met or known while traveling the world. They are familiar strangers.

As a person with a family history of Alzheimer’s, recalling faces and names is a dreaded fear. The pieces evoke a feeling of familarity for me which is comforting. Hopefully it makes the viewers of my art consciously wonder who they are. The key to creating each piece is to start with no particular face or feature in mind. Then simply begin adding and removing clay until a familiar stranger emerges. AND they always do…introducing themselves and the mystery of who they are and telling their story.

“These are the faces of everyone I have ever known although I don’t always remember their name. “

My journey as an artist, like the pieces I create, is unique. My life experiences and my health, yes health, helped to unearth my creativity. I primarily sculpts the human figure and I take what is the same about each of us, like faces, arms, legs etc., and makes us see what is unique and so clearly identifiable about all of us. By capturing the subtle differences in eyes, dimples, head shape, hair and hands, I am able to make each figure different

Exhibitions:

For the Love of Art, June 19-20, 2021, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Art Breaking Boundaries: a Multicultural Exhibition, January 7 - February 3, 2021,Carter Burden Gallery, NY,NY
Virtual Artist Talk, "America's Enduring Burden", September 10, 2020, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Featured Artist: Harlem Fine Art Show, February 13-16, 2020, Harlem, NY
Good Morning Invitational Exhibit, February 1-March 21, 2020, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY.
Featured Emerging Artist: Harlem Fine Art Show, June 14-16, 2019, Howard University, Washington, DC
​ Group Exhibition: Pots for Pets, April 6- June 1, 2019, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Featured Emerging Artist: Harlem Fine Art Show, February 14-17, 2019, Harlem, New York
Group Exhibition: Soulful: A National Exhibition of African American Artists, February 7-28th, 2019, d’Art Center, Norfolk, Va.
Group Exhibition:Small Things, January 3 to January 27, 2019, Upstream Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Group exhibition: Redux: Transformations 6X6, July 22 to September 13, 2017, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY.
Group exhibition: Rewind: 60 Years @ CAC, June 29, 2017 to March 26, 2017, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Featured Artist: June 10-June 15, 2016, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Group Exhibition: Rising Stars, 2014 & 2015, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Education:

Post Graduate work in Business, Pace University, White Plains, NY

Juris Doctor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC


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