Chandra Cerchione-Peltier

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"Floating between the interstices, my work can flirt with terms such as “fantasy,” “plaything,” “fine craft,” “figurative illustration,” and “fine art.” My doll art can suggest or skirt all of these definitions and push past the boundaries of known genres, exploring new ground. To term oneself as an interstitial artist is to soar free."

 

Chandra Cerchione-Peltier is a mixed sculptural artist and writer living in Nashville, Tennessee. Her art and writing have been published in Art Doll Quarterly, DOLLS, Faerie, Contemporary Doll Collector, FAE, Belle Armoire magazines, and The Journal of Mythic Arts. Chandra’s art has also been featured in two books, 500 Handmade Dolls and Aphrodisia II: Art of the Female Form. 

A member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, her work was recently featured in a six member show at the Focus Gallery at Allanstand in the Folk Art Center in Asheville, North Carolina called "Shaping Matters". Chandra's work has been shown in juried shows around the country and has been featured in the esteemed pop surrealist L.A. gallery The Hive.

Although she was born in England and lived all over the U.S, Chandra credits her experience growing up in the mountains of North Carolina as her biggest influence. Because her mother was a weaver and a fiber artist Chandra was constantly surrounded by artists and craftspeople, in both their studio spaces and galleries as well as at art shows. The little library where Chandra grew up contained books from another era, introducing her to the works of Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham, and the Oz books with their original John R. Neill illustrations. Andrew Lang, Heath Robinson, Florence Harrison, Edmund Dulac, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Richard Doyle all had an impact in shaping Chandra's aesthetic. And of course the discovery of Brian and Wendy Froud and Alan Lee inspired her most of all!