Each body of work that Kerri Scharlin has made depicts a group of women - versions of herself or members of her artistic community. In the 1990’s she solicited professional observers— including police sketch artists, illustrators and journalists — to construct her portrait in their industry-standard style, exploring the role of representation in the creation of identity. In her latest painting series, “In Her Studio,” Scharlin is creating an archive of practicing women artists whose bodies of work she wants to investigate. Always engaged with portraiture, her work has gone from an examination of the self as configured through the gaze of others, to envisioning painting as an invitation to friendship.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Postmasters, Wooster Gardens, Jose Freire, and Kustera Tilton Gallery in New York; and Schaper Sundberg Galleri, Stockholm. She was included in a three-person exhibition at David Zwirner, New York and other group shows at The Aldrich Museum of Art, Connecticut; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Galerie Herve Mikaeloff, Paris; and Momenta, 303 Gallery, and American Fine Arts, Co. in New York. She also curated the exhibition “The Big Nothing or Le Presque Rien,” at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
Scharlin's work has appeared in numerous international publications including The New York Times, Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, Vogue, Artnet.com, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Flash Art, and Purple.