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Sharon Core at The Gallery at Hermès

Early American

American artist Sharon Core trained as a photographer and painter, forges close links between both media in her work today. Her tribute to the still-life painter Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825) furthers this dialogue and her exploration of the interplay between the two disciplines.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Sharon Core at The Gallery at Hermès
© Courtesy of S. Core and Yancey Richardson Gallery

"I see myself as an actor playing the role of another artist, in another medium." Sharon Core's latest work invokes a world inconceivable to modern eyes. Her photographs of compositions of fruit, flowers and meat are a direct reference to the work of Raphaelle Peale, an American painter of the late eighteenth century. Sharon Core creates careful, minutely detailed compositions using pieces of antique porcelain, fruit baskets or delicately decorated crystal glasses. The compositions also feature fruit, vegetables, flowers and blossoms from her own garden, photographed at every stage of their flowering and ripening.

Sharon Core examines the relationship between representation and mimesis, from a historical and aesthetic perspective. Cory Jacobs, curator and creative director of The Gallery at Hermès, explains that Core "creates a reverberatinbg experience, constantly jostling the viewer to consider and reconsider painting and photography, past and present. As a result, this pictures feel more alive than still." 

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