MIA, Cherisse

Galerie Québec Art - Vieux Québec - 40 rue Notre-Dame

 Cherisse Mia


Cherisse Mia est née dans l’état du Washington qui a imprimé sur elle ses océans, montagnes et forêts. Ses racines du sud influencent son art et sa culture et c’est ce qui l’a attiré vers l’art moderne. On trouve d’ailleurs quelques fonds Pollock-esque subtilement tissés dans ses œuvres. Elle vit au Canada depuis l’âge de 12 ans et appelle maintenant Calgary et l’Alberta sa maison. Les caractéristiques uniques de la province, tel les collines couvertes de fleurs sauvages, les ruisseaux aux galet colorés et les ammolites enfouies tel un trésor, en fond un endroit magique. On peut d’ailleurs souvent retrouver l’artiste en expédition à la recherche de ces pierres rares et uniques d’Alberta.

Dans son plus récent travail, elle crée des collages ornés de ces pierres précieuses opalisées aux couleurs vives. Chatoyant, éblouissant et éclatant, son art abstrait est un bijou élégant pour les murs.

My abstract art is elegant jewelry for walls, shimmering, dazzling, vivid, swirling movement, color and texture. My need to play, and the freedom and energy that make me feel truly alive, along with profound ties to the beauty and intricacies of the natural world motivation me to create and I invite you to take that journey with me where the flames of emotion are fanned and inspiration takes root.

My paintings incorporate a background, spanning a lifetime, in art and design. My latest work is lavished with rare Alberta ammolite. Ammolite is a vivid opalized gemstone with gorgeous metallic colorations found in no other place in the world. I am the only artist in the world creating collage paintings from this beautiful gemstone. I can often be found on ammonite hunting expeditions where I become a living part of the landscape as I imagine what it may have looked like aeons ago when all was covered by a shallow sea with living cephalopods swimming about attacking prey and being hunted by mosasaurs. Only the genus, Placenticeras, produced the lovely metallic shell that we now refer to as ammolite. What a special place to be lucky enough to live in!

I was born in Washington State which imprinted on every cell of my being, oceans, mountains and rain forests. My southern roots influenced me in art and culture, where i was specifically drawn to modern art. Some of my favourite artists are Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Klimpt, and Kandinsky. You will often find Pollock-esque type backgrounds subtly woven into my designs.

I have lived in Canada since I was twelve and call Calgary, Alberta home. The wide- open prairies, rolling hills and breathtaking mountains have wrapped their roots around my soul and I am forever captive. Alberta's unique characteristics make it a magical place, hills covered in wild flowers, streams flowing over colorful pebbles hiding silvery fish, buried treasure of ammonite and ancient dinosaur fossils, deer running free, eagles soaring high and friendly peace loving people who aren't afraid to don the odd cowboy hat and dance the night away to a rousing country tune.

Art is my true passion and I feel like I am spending the days playing, not working. It has been my lifelong goal and I am very thankful to be able to be fulfilling that goal. I plan on painting until I'm 110 years old!