Los Angeles-based jewelry designer and sculptor Charles Sherman has studied ancient civilizations, world cultures and religions, and sacred geometry. His philosophy of life and art are the same: to promote the positive. This is reflected in both his sculpture and symbolic jewelry. Since 2002, he has investigated sculptural forms that express the concept of infinity, especially the three-dimensional Mobius ring. Sherman’s design process begins with a sketchbook drawing or clay maquette based on forms and shapes that he discovers through both conceptual methodologies and spiritual contemplation. He has interpreted the infinity ring form in diverse materials, including bronze, ceramic, glass mosaic, aluminum, Lucite, and stainless steel. Beginning in 2006, he began to create sculptures in miniature, jewelry designs in silver and gold. His many interpretations of the infinity ring form and symbolic jewelry designs are sculptures to wear that evoke spiritual concepts, such as love, faith, infinity, the Kabbalah, harmony, and serenity.
Charles Sherman on Art
Art is a verb, not a noun. It’s a creative collaboration by what I call The Holy Trinity: the Artist, the Medium, and Divine Energy. All three must be present or the art is without life. Each of the three has its own direction and distinctive character, yet they come together in the creation of a single work of sculpture or jewelry.
I find great joy in all moments of intense creativity. Sometimes I’m inspired by a design concept and methodically plan its form using an intuitive form of mathematics called sacred geometry. I also discover forms that have a simple beauty when I meditate. In both my life and artistic expression, I aspire to deep levels of truth. As I balance and center a new design, I am balancing and centering myself. I have no fear of the unknown and always take on obstacles and challenges with excitement and enthusiasm. In both my life and artistic expression my aspiration is the same: to become the best artist I can be and the best human being I can be.
Designing and constructing simple, yet elegant forms is the creative process that enthralls me. “To create with passion” is my prime directive, and I feel this passion whenever I’m creating a new sculpture, or a new infinity jewelry design, a sculpture to wear.
Photo: Joy Krauthammer © 2015