ALI CHERAMIE’S ARTWORK
Armadillo Pot, High Fire Ceramic, 2015
Coffee or Space?, Inkjet Print, 2015
Floaters, Inkjet Print, 2015
Is it an Onion?, Charcoal and Conté Crayon on Stonehenge, 2016
I would like to express to you all my thanks for selecting me to receive the 2015 Mitch Hebert Scholarship–it is truly a gift to be awarded such an honor. I feel grateful each and every day knowing that I belong to a community that strives to foster students’ development in the arts. Without such a community, I surely would not possess the passion and skill for my work that I have today.
The award has allowed me to begin preparing for my senior exhibition, which is already a stressful time for any student. I can now afford quality materials and framing to create and properly display my show. Having these supplies readily available to me means more time to focus on the quality of my work instead of working to afford them. For that, I cannot thank you all enough.
To the Hebert family—I hope that I can one day pass on the generosity and opportunity you have shown to myself and others. I am truly humbled by the support you have shown our community. Thank you.
- Ali Cheramie: 2015 Mitch Hebert Scholarship Winner
Growing up with a painter as a father, my whole life has been saturated in art. I can remember him teaching me to notice the light and color from a very young age, embedding that in me, playing a major role in my interest in the details of the natural world. As a child I spent most of my time exploring in the woods, always finding myself examining every tiny detail of everything. I’ve been in Louisiana my whole life, growing up in the small town of Cut Off and later moving just an hour up the bayou to Thibodaux. There, this general concept of natural detail became the basis of all of my work. While I’ve always wanted to design fabrics and clothing, I found myself at Nicholls State University for my college years where I discovered my interest in printmaking and photography. I have worked with block printing and papermaking, as well the screen printing and digital photography. I am inspired by what each medium does to the aesthetic quality of the general concept at hand. After graduation I plan to study further in fashion and textile design to ultimately combine my fine arts training with my garment and fabric designing. For now, I am working on my senior exhibition in printmaking and photography while experimenting with combining the two mediums.