Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her work has been exhibited throught the US, such as the collections of the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia, the Westinghouse Corporation, and the Lehigh Valley Hospital. Cheryl’s work has been reproduced in numerous publications, including most recently, The Contemporary Art of Nature: Mammals, Ashley Rooney, ed., Schiffer Publishing.
Hochberg is a Professor of Art at Kutztown University, where she is Program Director for Applied Digital Arts and the College of Visual Arts Academic Success Specialist. As a Professor at KU, she regularly teaches drawing courses and a professional practices course. She also serves as advisor for Eckhaus, a student-run gallery on Main Street in Kutztown, and is on the board of FUSE (www.allentownfuse.org).
My work intermingles the magical, the uncanny, the impossible, and the real. It ranges from painting and collage to construction. At times I collaborate, and my work extends to performance. While I depict the natural world, the results are constructed, taken from moments of direct observation, but recombined to embody a more existential reality. I often use animals as subject matter. So much about animals is recognizable and familiar, on one hand, and so impenetrably unrecognizable on the other. By that I mean that we might see in them familiar qualities like curiosity, fear, or pleasure, but in the end we can never ultimately think like they think. So animals provide a platform to explore qualities of familiarity and strangeness, as well as the knowable and the mysterious. Regardless of media and format, everything I make presents the subject in a way that brings its inherent underlying strangeness to the forefront.