I seek to spend time with and hold on to places a little longer through my practice. While anchored in everyday reality, I conjure imaginary and psychic spaces. I observe the constructed world I navigate or inhabit while meditating on transience, dwelling, and finding belonging.
In my present works, I examine the spaces of everyday as an attempt at connection and to find duration. I explore parks and public spaces while reflecting upon my encounters with natural elements within the built environment, including plants and trees, in my latest project. I have an affinity with the natural world as it gives me grounding. In my past works, I reimagine familiar landscapes, including tree groves and caverns, as mental and mysterious spaces. Elements that remind me of change and the presence of time, such as light and shadow, growth and decay, and construction and deconstruction, are recurring themes in my art.
I engage with the observed world and the formal language of painting. Light, luminosity, and the expressive possibilities of color are essential to me. The identities and particularities of my subjects, their underlying structure, abstract design, and positive and negative spaces within shapes and colors are captivating.
Cherisse Alcantara (b. Philippines) is a Filipina-American painter who lives and works in San Francisco. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2021) and her BA Art Practice from the University of California-Berkeley (2013). She has shown locally and nationally. Her recent awards include the PAFA Murray Dessner Memorial Travel Award, Jentel residency, the Hopper Prize, and the 2022 Balay Kreative Grant. While engaging with the observed world and the formal language of painting, she conjures imaginary and psychic spaces. Anchored in the everyday, her paintings reimagine the spaces she navigates or inhabits while reflecting upon transience, dwelling, and finding belonging.