Cherry Corr was born in Wollongong in 1964 and has made the Northern beaches of Sydney her home for over 20 years. She is a visual artist with a Fine Arts Diploma from TAFE NSW. Her work is predominantly sculptural, using waste materials including discarded furniture found on the street and vegetation cuttings. Cherry’s use of recycled materials highlights her concern about waste generated in our “throw-away” society and the impact modern culture has on the natural environment and human psyche.
Cherry has exhibited in group exhibitions since 1999, including the Warringah Art Exhibition in 2014 & 2012, winning the 2012 Waste to Art Category. In 2013 she exhibited in two public art events, See and Art in Odd Places 2103/ NUMBER/ Australia (AiOP). Manly Tourist Spikes, was exhibited in See, Manly. This work questioned the relationship between Manly residents and tourists. The installation of soft spikes (cable ties) on an existing public picnic table and seats simultaneously attracted and repelled human activity. September 2013, Cherry spear-headed Coffee Break, a collaborative installation involving nine artists (from Art & Soul Collective), thousands of recycled coffee cups and lids, 90 cafes and the local coffee-drinking community. Towers of takeaway coffee cups and lids formed a sculptural wave that quantified weekly coffee consumption and highlighted the merge of coffee culture with surf culture in Manly and Dee Why. Coffee Break was exhibited in AiOP at Dee Why Beach and Manly and fuelled Cherry’s interest in community and collaborative art projects.
Volunteering within her local arts community enables Cherry to foster artistic outcomes within the greater whole. She is a co-founder of Art & Soul Collective Inc., (President 2012-2014), www.artandsoulcollectiveinc.net, and a member of the Manly Arts Festival Working Group. Cherry also volunteers at Manly Art Gallery and Museum and recently assisted Mosman Youth and Development Centre develop a sustainable art project for a youth group to construct and exhibit for National Youth Week 2014.
Cherry continues to work towards developing an active local arts community with programs that connect artists and assists the greater whole to see the benefits of creative output. Her current practice of weaving sculptural forms with recycled natural and man-made materials has inspired Cherry’s next direction - investigating combinations of disparate material, such as organic and manufactured objects, to question and ponder aspects of society and culture.
Cherry is part of team Ashen Lace