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Sanitary Tortilla Factory
s h e r i c r i d e r (b. 1968 Phoenix, Arizona) lives and works in Albuquerque, NM Bio In my late-twenties, Art and the American Dream were offered as a fantasy to addiction and homelessness. A few art and academic scholarships sealed my ticket to Academia. I memorized the monuments of Western art history. I devoted myself to countless hours of recognizing the compositional strategies of the masters. Re-entry was neatly secured by a few semesters of coursework and studio projects. The decade I spent in cheap motels and trailer parks had ended in a deadly cycle of abuse, arrests and too many diseases to mention. It didn’t matter that I had never stepped foot in a museum, the process of art making had already seduced me. Pictorial space and imagination proved indispensable in re-imagining my place in the world. A creative practice with junkie-like dedication created a magical space to realign paradigm and contradiction. My studio is a place to map my complicated understanding of the world. I needed a physical space and about a decade to begin to fully understand the Art world.
Interactive Environments and Sculpture
Image courtesy of NMAM, Blair Clark