Cherri shares some thoughts about Rousseau's deceptively simple image.
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Ali Cherri, the National Gallery's 2021 Artist in Residence, takes a contemporary look at nature with Rousseau's 'Surprised!' ahead of his display opening in the Gallery in March 2022.
About the artist
Ali Cherri is a Beirut-born artist whose work is inspired by artefacts and the natural world. He is the second Artist in Residence to be chosen since the launch of the Gallery’s new Modern and Contemporary Programme. Cherri uses sculpture, film and installation to pursue the meaning of the built environment and its histories. Often using archaeological relics and sites as a starting point, Cherri’s varied practice explores the processes of excavation, relocation and the museum classification of objects, animal artefacts, images, and their narratives.