The scene we set is one of limitless possibility- you are an artist and have just entered the “real world”. This dreaded state represents a turning point in which an artist completes a degree, moves out of a home, or suddenly finds ten times more responsibilities in their hands. Along with creating an environment that supports the creation, we must be an ever-constant pursuant toward the next great move in our careers.
Our artist this week, Sarah Cherry, experiences this challenge of continuing a speed of growth that satisfies. When elaborating on this idea, Cherry explains that she has, “...always been afraid of waking up one day realizing that there are so many things that I haven't done.”
The scene is set
In her interview, Cherry explains the idea of the opposite of a creative block- a “life block”. Some artists might recognize this state as being fully aware that our goal is to make a living doing what we love, having the motivation to create, but still being confronted by life obstacles. This state is often under-appreciated in the way we tell artists’ stories.
I am curious about this moment, in which we must transcend our environments completely, or be forced to stay right where we are. An enormous amount of courage and concentration is needed to accomplish this and it can be a love letter to our old selves with less experience, the same passions, and more free time.
What makes Cherry’s work stand out is her relentless evaluation of her abilities. Cherry’s work encapsulates an artist who is articulate to the cultural and personal significances of food brought to the table of the average consumer. She operates in the world of food photography shot both in the studio setting and in the real-world and active environment. Her photos speak to the light-up effect of a rich and indulgent view of culinary mastery. According to Cherry, she loves, “the process of capturing a scene in a way that draws them in or makes them feel a part of that experience.”
In Cherry’s case, her talents come from the choice to consistently fight toward work that provides reverence to the rich and intrinsic value and complex processes of our food. During her time as a student of Professional Photography, her capstone creation was a cookbook that showcases years of technical and artistic honing, a precise knowledge for the storytelling of food, and working through creative blocks.
Photo Courtesy of Sarah Cherry. View her portfolio: cherrystudios.co
This is the way
Despite any and all "life blocks", Cherry continues to create work that screams of her talent and drive. In the future, she wishes to complete, “a collection of hunters, fishers, and farmers and ranchers, and their relations to food, the process of harvesting it, and ties to the generations before them”.
In this state, we continue to prove our ability to transcend. My wish is that all artists would heed their own hard-willed evidence. This perseverance signals the breed of artists that will undoubtedly succeed and bring us a life full of work they pushed to create. I am forever in awe of this level of creative intelligence, the peace they make within themselves, and the cosmic energy they summon.
What impresses me about the lives of artists is their ability to speak, with honesty, the exact causes of their ruts, and the role they play in pulling themselves out. Finding the sweet spot of obligation and creation leaves us in a high of our own steps toward our goals and simultaneously the understanding that it doesn’t need to prove anything to the external world. At this moment, the struggle to create gives the art rebellion and significance. In this manner, the thing in the way becomes the way.
Answers from the creative:
What do you need in order to be creative?
I think I am most creative when I change up my environment or put a time limit on my shoot. It helps a lot to be around others' work or to be in an environment where I am inspired by little details and processes of the genre I shoot in.
What brings you fulfillment as a creative?
I am always so fulfilled when I create work that I have envisioned in my head - especially when I can shoot while in a flow state. I think a lot of it is feeling that I'm where I should be while capturing something that has already brought me inspiration and beauty.
How do you want to feel at the end of the day?
I always want to be satisfied with my day, whether it was busy or productive or just a rest day. I want it to feel valuable to my growth as a person and to look forward to the next day just as much.
Why do you need to be creative (if anything)?
I think it gives me the ability to exist on my own terms and feels as if I am creating meaningful experiences for myself. My process feels as if it happens solely in relation to myself.
What are the largest themes in your work?
Connection and appreciation. It doesn't matter whether I'm shooting a dish, a space, or people and the process behind our food, I think I want to encourage those things. Everything is just so artistic, even if it's seen as a science or a trade, and I just want to show that and how important food is and the experiences around it are.
view Sarah Cherry's portfolio at: cherrystudios.co