J. Cheryl Bookout

Artist Statement

The characters portrayed in my work are whimsical and the materials I use in my process have an inherent quality of mystery. The finished size of my art varies from mural-like to quite small. Classic fairy tales and fables are my inspiration and I use frogs and other creatures to tell stories. My earliest childhood memories are the illustrations of Alice in Wonderland by John Tenniel. As I began to suspect the intricate political and social satire of famous fairy tales my intrigue and inspiration follows this tradition.


J. Cheryl Bookout is a studio artist and a filmmaker. Bookout is the Founder of NDY Films and the Executive Director/Co-Founder of The Chimaera Project, a nonprofit organization that advocates for female filmmakers. She has produced two award-winning short films; Gloria’s Call and I Am Be.  Bookout is currently directing a short documentary film  Inside the Beauty Bubble  and  co-producing the short sci-fi film PURE and a feature-length documentary, Acting Like Women: Performance Art and the Woman’s Building. She is prepping to shoot a proof of concept for her sci-fi episodic screenplay, Women of Steel: Gracie’s Story.

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