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Biography: Cheryl Derricotte

Cheryl Derricotte
Cheryl Derricotte

Cheryl Derricotte is a visual artist based in San Francisco, California. For the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Residency, Derricotte is proposing to develop a new body of work in glass to tell the story of James Hemings. Many people know about Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman who was the mother of six of President Thomas Jefferson’s children. Her older brother James was Thomas Jefferson’s enslaved chef who trained in France and became a master of French cooking styles. No known photos/drawings of James exist, so Derricotte plans to tell his story using metaphor and objects. Using both the Rakow Research Library and the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, she plans to gather images of glassware, plates, bowls, and cookware that would have been common during the time of James Hemings’ service to Thomas Jefferson (late 1700s) in France and the United States. These images will be translated into kiln-formed glass and works on paper.

Derricotte is also working on her first public art commission, a memorial to Harriet Tubman, which will be installed in the spring of 2023. This residency, taking place November–December 2022,  will pick-up where Derricotte's micro-residency at the French Consulate in San Francisco in fall 2020 ended.