The book ‘Our Bodies Ourselves’ published in 1970 was introduced to me by my mother at the age of ten.This was my foundation for my interest in creating imagery that explores global women’s issues, gender, body politics and female empowerment. My mom hosted women’s consciousness meetings at our house during the women’s movement in the 70’s. I’m truly grateful for her voice and activism. As an artist, I merge digital and analog methods to explore themes of freedom, autonomy, sexuality and identity within the context of feminism. I create abstracted, glitched and distorted figures to accentuate empowerment, individuality and desire. Glitching is a form of destruction and leads to unpredictable and exciting results. I like to mix this aesthetic with an organic feeling to create a connection between our digital and real lives.

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Cheryl Schainfeld (b. 1963) Quincy MA is an American artist living and working in Boston. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University where she studied painting, drawing and did coursework in Women’s Studies. She has exhibited locally and nationally since 2003. In 2019 she was invited to the DNA artist residency in Provincetown by Nick Lawrence, Owner and director of Freight and Volume in NYC. She completed a residency in 2006 at Gasp Artist Studio Projects under the direction of Magdalena Campos-Pons. In 2005 she worked as a painting assistant to Lalla Essaydi.
Schainfeld has also worked as a digital artist and creative director in medical animation, documentary film and broadcast design from 1983-2002. In 1985-1986 she worked as a computer artist in Oslo, Norway and in Stockholm, Sweden. She has traveled extensively creating sophisticated media presentations for varied companies around the world. She started a production company in 1988 that provided animation and editing services to the entertainment, financial and medical industries as well as educational institutions. Since 2006, she has been working as a full time artist and has maintained a studio in the South End of Boston.