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New works by Sharon Otterbach van den Berg


By Jade Arroyo

“My greatest satisfaction as an artist is when my work speaks to someone in a very personal way,” says artist Sharon Otterbach van den Berg. “For example, has the sound and the emotion that Pavarotti sings into his music ever brought tears to your eyes or caused you to feel on a very deep level? It didn’t matter if you did not understand the words. As an artist/painter, my goal is to create works that cause people to feel, think, or remember on a deep level. Words are superfluous. Not any one of the arts or media has a monopoly on expressing feelings, courage, or The Force. Those attributes come from the ‘inner’ artist, no matter what genre or material they are using. As for me, my life experiences and heritage have contributed to my inner artist’s message. Then it appears on the canvas.”

Sharon has highly encouraged art students to work in contemporary and abstract styles. “I attribute my development first to Dr Alice Nichols,” she says. “She was innovative and a forward thinker. It was she who encouraged students to begin thinking beyond current trends. I then became an admirer of Picasso because of his innovative departure from realism. I have also been influenced by the abstraction I see in indigenous art, and especially sculpture, including African, Mexican and prehistoric art. Therefore, I realized that it may be innately natural for humans to create in a nonrealistic manner, and it has freed up many of my inhibitions and allowed art to come through me rather than preplanning it.

“Like most artists, the work we do reflects the times we are living in, and it includes social, personal, political, and spiritual statements. A current trend that’s been adopted is including collage in the work. If, however, a trend means fitting within a particular style of art, then I hope my work doesn`t. I believe it is important to challenge oneself as an artist and to create on the edge and beyond current trends. It is the way art moves forward.

“In 2017, I was invited to present my work at the Palace Commenda de Pre, Genoa, Italy. The Commenda is a historic building dating back to 1100. Eleven of my paintings were introduced by the Cultural Ambassador for UNESCO, Professor Manrico Murzi. He read one of his original poems in front of each one. Those works are currently in various exhibitions in Germany and Italy.”

Sharon has worked either as an art instructor or a fabric/fashion designer most of her life. Even though she enjoyed those occupations, she knew there was more she had to say as an artist. Therefore, she has worked as a full-time artist since the year 2000.

Her work can currently be seen at the Merry Calderoni Galeria in the Art Walk at la Fábrica Aurora on Saturday, November 4.


Art Exhibition

New works by Sharon Otterbach van den Berg

Sat, Nov 3, 5pm

Galería Calderoni

Fábrica La Aurora


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