We had the good fortune of connecting with Cherie Buck-Hutchison and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cherie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is connected to creativity in any endeavor. As a visual artist, my curiosity is fueled by the creative process. Risk is involved. Like many, I am trying to speak through my art making; I am seeking to unlayer the unseen with art. What I am saying requires a contemplative process. I make, reconsider and reconcile my work multiple times. Curiosity invites me to dive deep into the process, take risks as I work though the iterations and answer the deep questions that I am unveiling. It is important to me because this helps me arrive at something better. I experiment with transparent layers. The process asks me to take risks, layer old slides or photographs onto silk, sheathe other photographs or objects, perform between diaphanous walls and suspend art installations. My imagination is engaged by my risk-taking process which helps to answer phantom questions that arise. I believe the potential of risk helps me to be a better artist.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I always use transparent layers to talk about the metaphoric landscape in my work. I am excited to see how my art will look in the future. It allows me to continue to discover within my processes. I began life in an organization that seriously marginalizes women. Having to leave family behind in order to be free of the control taught me to rely on myself and appreciate those who helped on my journey. It influenced my art in unique ways. My experiences led me to explore the psychology involved with the use of power and create art that encourages the questioning of existing norms. I am proud to create art that contributes to contemporary conversations.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It is hard to put everything Phoenix has to offer in a week. I would start with a trip to the Botanical Gardens, dinner on an outdoor patio nearby followed by watching the sun set from inside Hole-in-the-Rock at Papago Park. A day of hiking Camelback mountain followed by facials and pampering at Eyeconic Lash. A Friday night trip to Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue after driving around to view public art and Frank Lloyd Wright structures. Breakfast at Matt’s Big Breakfast and a horseback ride at South Mountain. A trip to SMoCA followed by an evening dinner under the mesquite trees near the fire pit at TIMO Wine Bar. Thursday night would be for the Scottsdale Art Walk with a visit to the latest exhibition at Royse Contemporary. A trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen after starting the day with good coffee at Grinders in Sunnyslope and a chocolate croissants nearby at Karl’s. More museums and galleries such as Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard will have to fit in the schedule along with tamales from the Tamale Shop or Carolina’s. The Japanese Friendship Garden followed by wine and book browsing at First Draft and Changing Hands Bookstore. Dinner at Taco Guild for Taco Tuesday. A visit to eye lounge, MADE gift shop and Greenwood Brewing. A drive along Carefree Highway to see the wild flowers, accompanied by a lunch from a local deli and treats from Sugar and Lace Bakery. A visit to the art in the Phoenix Airport Museum, local artists’ floor and window designs and the Phoenix Bird mural at Sky Harbor Airport before departing.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have enjoyed the Phoenix/Scottsdale metropolitan art and literary world. We have a lovely variety of ways to receive and give support. I was fortunate to study poetry and ultimately collaborate with the amazing poet, Lois Roma-Deeley. She has always encouraged engagement of the imagination in a profound manner. I enjoyed being a member of the Roosevelt Row collective eye lounge for three years. I was allowed to install uncensored solo art exhibitions . Through eye lounge, I got to know the art community better and made some dear friends. I continue to see many in the art community through Beth Ames Schwartz and Jon Haddock’s 20 year old labor of love, The Breakfast Club. I also participate in a group of artists called ArtThena. We are currently sending out art postcards to nursing homes and the VA to spread cheer during the pandemic. It has been and continues to be a source of support and information for many local artists. Currently, I am exhibiting at Royse Contemporary Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. I appreciate Nicolle Royse’s diligence in supporting local artists despite the business challenges wrought by the pandemic.

Website: www.cheriebuckhutchison.com
Instagram: cherie.buck.hutchison and curtisandcherie
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Image Credits
Ashley Czajkowski Bryce Elliot Cherie Buck-Hutchison

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