Climbing the Walls - State of Mind - Pauline Chernichaw

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The Corona State of Mind


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Website:  www.paulinechernichaw

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Artist Statement

As a visual artist I create art that explores and reflects upon my inner thoughts as it relates to life’s day-to-day undertakings.

State of Mind”, the acrylic on canvas large painting, sized at 48”x48”, portrays my state of mind during times of crisis, past and present.

Pandemic”, my acrylic on canvas painting, sized at 8”x8”, mirrors the intense stress people of our country are under. “Pandemic” depicts friends, family, healthcare workers/nurses, and those suffering with covid-19.  

Atlas, Too Much to Bear”, my 6”x6” fabric on canvas acrylic painting is my emotional response to the heavy burden I am feeling regarding the virus and the state of our country.

"Rage”, my 22x30 work on paper is symbolic of my personal mindset in this time of crisis.  My  use of strong marks, wide brushstrokes and luminous color on paper was to  bring attention to the imagery of a modern day primal “scream”.  There are no words to adequately describe this breaking point.”



Born in post WWII Germany, I grew up in New York City. Coming from an extended family of creatives that included filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, I developed a passion for art at a very young age.

After studying painting at the University of Miami and Brooklyn College, I continued my studies at the International Center of Photography and New York University where I expanded my artistic vision to encompass photography. My works are included in private and permanent collections. I am a member of Ceres Gallery New York and an award-winning   member of The National Association of Women Artists.

Recent selected exhibitions include “Metamorphosis” 2020 Carter Burden Gallery NY, “Magical Thinking” 2020 Dr. Bernard Heller Museum, “Don’t Shut Up” 2020, The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor NY, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art, Anyone Can Fly Foundation NY,the International Juried Exhibition “Contemporary Photography 2008-2018” Site Brooklyn Gallery in Bklyn NY; Studio Montclair “Viewpoints” Montclair NJ;  “Terra in-Ferma” (climate change) HUC-Jewish Institute of Religion, Heller Museum NY (Sept 2018-May 2019 continuing as atraveling exhibition); Somewhere We Landed, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City NJ; “Home” 440 Gallery, Park slope, Brooklyn NY;   “Ugly” Lazy Susan Gallery, 191 Henry St. NYC; “Beyond Water”, Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts;  “Don’t Shut Up”,“Women Under Siege” and  “Crossings” Ceres Gallery NY;  Galleria Ca’D’Oro, Chelsea, NYC;  The Art Project, Jersey City, NJ;  “Wage On, Women, Art and Money”, the Women’s Caucus for Art;

“Art Connections”, George Segal Gallery Montclair NJ; Saraghi Art Space, Victoria Australia; “On the Right Track”, Schaeffersgae 5 Gallery, Oslo Norway; “A Womanhouse or a Roaming House” A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC; Newark Museum Arts Annual, Newark, NJ; Jersey City Arts Annual, Jersey City NJ; Noyes Museum Arts Annual, Stockton, NJ; Faith Ringgold and the “Anyone Can Fly” Foundation Annual Art Exhibition, NYC;

You can see me online in the YouTube video “Breaking Surface” Galleria Ca’D’Oro” and “The Moment” on Vimeo.

Reviews and sighted publications include:

“Displacement: Women’s Journeys”, Ceres Gallery NY, art critic IIana Jael of Musee Magazine that I co-curated  

“Ugly” Lazy Susan Gallery NYC art critic Jonathan   Goodman’s review in WhiteHot Magazine, Artists’ Studios

The Feminist Art Project at Rutgers University, The National Museum of Women Artists, Artforum, Photography Now,, Artslant Worldwide,, The NY Art Scene, The Village Voice, The Record, The New York Times, The Star Ledger.

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