Cheryl Polcaro is best known for her mixed media work which incorporates layers of photo transfer and acrylic paint on canvas. Her work depicts imagery that seems to come straight from a contemporary version of a Grimm’s fairy tale and balances touches of beauty, whimsy, and darkness. A Boston area artist whose work has been shown nationwide, she graduated with a BFA from Montserrat College of Art in 1999 and is currently represented by Galatea Fine Art in Boston. She resides in Billerica, MA with her husband, 2 dogs, and 2 cats.
My work explores the spaces around memory and childhood. Growing up, I enjoyed the escape provided by books of all kinds, with a particular love of fairy tales and mythology. As adults, our perspective changes. The stories you once knew and the memories you hold are viewed from a reinterpreted reality. Through the use of manipulating and fragmenting photographic references on canvas and building layers with paint, I strive in my work to depict a realm somewhere between the innocence of childhood and the perhaps darker realizations that come with age. The imagery is reminiscent of the half sleeping half waking state between dream and reality. Isolated characters balance between the beautiful and the unsettling, all with an underlying sense of capturing something forgotten. However, the viewer is intentionally left with enough breathing space to project their own interpretation into the work.
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