Surreal Sculpture Artist, Cheri Mittermaier, Has A Revelation - "Hands", A Spiritual Sculpture

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This article contains the inspiration for "Hands", a sculpture by the artist, Cheri Mittermaier.

A few years ago Cheri Mittermaier was in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was on a tour of the city. The tour guide told her the church she was looking at was an adobe style church. It was in need of repair. The only way the cracks in the walls could be restored was to rub straw and mud by hand directly to the surface. The church did not have a lot of money so they had a festival where the whole congregation came out and repaired the church by hand. The community could not afford to hire a professional so they did it themselves.

Cheri was moved by the fact that the people from the church had touched the structure with their hands from top to bottom. The congregation became spiritually connected with the church's renewal. Cheri Mittermaier headed back home and she realized she wanted to make a sculpture about the adobe church.

Back at home Cheri was looking at a picture of French sculptor, Auguste Rodin's "Cathedral Hands" and decided to construct her sculpture with one hand on top of another (a total of 3 hands). A recent trip to Italy and France influenced the robustness of the hands in contrast to Rodin's delicate depiction.

Cheri is amused when people can't resist touching "Hands" when they see it. "People are drawn to it". The public tries to caress and line up their hands with the sculpture.

When "Hands" was first being made, Cheri Mittermaier decided to make them out of wax. This would be her first experience with this medium. In the beginning the first hand came out looking feminine, the second, masculine and the third, child-like. Cheri became frustrated with the wax (almost melting one of the hands into oblivion) and returned after a few months to the familiarity of water based clay. She found that the end result of the sculpture was more consistent in size and heavily masculine and robust.

The sculpture "Hands" is currently traveling in Europe and has been exhibited in New York, Illinois and Florida.

About The Artist:

Cheri Mittermaier is a native of Indiana, graduate of Purdue with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Fine Arts and Humanities. She has traveled extensively and studied sculpture in Paris, France and Rome, Italy under Peter Rubino and Martine Vaugel. Cheri currently lives and works in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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