Surreal Sculpture Artist, Cheri Mittermaier, Currently Working On Controversial Sculpture

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This article contains the early beginnings of the artist, Cheri Mittermaier and a controversial and thought provoking piece of sculpture that incites great emotion from the viewer.

It began with a dream. Cheri woke up after having a long period of sleep and decided to make a sculpture of male genitalia. She went to the Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach, Fl and started to construct a penis out of clay. After the piece was fired in the kiln, Cheri added toy wheels. At the time it was called "My Recollection."

The sculpture was an anti-war piece. She entered the sculpture in an exhibition at the Armory Arts Center, but shortly after, the sculpture was removed because children were visiting the Armory. After the show, Cheri discovered that when people did not realize that the sculpture was an anti-war piece, they would laugh at the sculpture. So the piece got a name change to "Penis On Wheels."

She had an epiphany. Cheri realized that she wanted to leave the perception of her art up to the viewer. She wanted to have her sculptures viewed with an open mind.

Cheri then decided to make a bronze "Penis On Wheels." This 8" x 6" x 3" sculpture was exhibited in Fort Lauderdale, Fl, in a show call The Myth of Power. Since then it has traveled to Ferrara, Italy for a show called "Earth Vortices" and then off to Canada for a show called "Limitless Expressions."

"Penis on Wheels" has been widely received by the public. But as in all things, people have different opinions about the sculpture. It is seen as a symbol of war, rape, a man's ego, a man and his car, an oversexed male and power.

The consensus was that people wanted the sculpture to roll around on its wheels. So Cheri Mittermaier decided to go big!

About The Artist:

Cheri Mittermaier is a native of Indiana, graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Purdue, with a concentration in Fine Arts and Humanities. She has traveled all over the world and studied sculpture in Rome, Italy and Paris, France. Cheri currently lives in West Palm Beach, FL.

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