Cheryl Pope is a visual artist focused in sculpture, installation, and performance. Her work questions and responds to issues of identity as it relates to the private self and the public self. Through her work she seeks to unfold the folds and puncture the surface in order to fracture structures and reveal questions and constraints.
For the past three years, her research has been focused on issues of power, inequality, race, gender and segregation in Chicago, where she is from and currently based. This research includes several collaborations with Chicago youth through the intersection of poetry and the visual arts. These collaborations have surfaced as performances and special edition books as well as a team of young poets under the group name Just Yell.
Producing work that is both relevant and connective for the audience is a main priority for her practice. There is constant intention to position the work in contexts and in ways that attempt to develop new audience. Working at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago as an artist guide, gave Pope the opportunity to study the ways in which the general public connects or disconnects from the experience of art. This along with a twelve year commitment to study under the artist Nick Cave has been a dominant influence on her practice.
Currently Pope is an Adjunct Assistant Interdisciplinary Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the departments of Fashion and Contemporary Practice and boxing instructor at Franklin Street Boxing and Soho House Chicago. She continues her involvement with youth in the city seeking to provide opportunity for voices to be seen and heard.