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Sherell Chillik

Sherell Chillik was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from College for Creative Studies with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts in 2018.  Her work is an exploration of portraiture and biblical texts' relationship with postmodern times through the manipulation of images. Her work concerns the Christian viewpoint on life, behavior, and politics. Through portraiture, the goal is to bring out the personality and humanity of her subject. Personal images are taken then stripped of their original context to create a narrative that's relevant to what's happening in the world. She has a realistic approach to painting the human figure and uses expressive mark making and collaging to the backgrounds to convey purity and defilement. Through mediums such as oil, acrylic, and watercolor she tries to illustrate displacement and the biblical teaching of being in the world but not of it. 


She has shown work and participated in the AICAD Residency in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York, and volunteered to create murals around the Brightmoor community of Detroit from 2012 to 2015. Her most recent shows include "The 59th Annual Thumb Area Artists Exhibition" in Romeo MI, "State of the Arts 2019" in Prairie Village KS, and "Arts Council of Wayne County 40th National Juried Show" in Goldsboro NC. 

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