In the series here is better than anywhere, Cheryl Wilgren Clyne uses mixed media to create narratives that explore human nature. Her subjects are composed of drawings and appropriated images collaged into a landscape of human consequences. Childhood is considered here, but the look back is one of an outsider living in an adult world. Her protagonists seek a balance in life in spite of the oppositional forces that challenge them. The obsessive mark making process throughout her environments is representative of the many ways in which humans are pushed and pulled through multiple encounters and day-to-day existence. In her practice Cheryl gives a nod to cultural anthropology, childhood development and ecological advocacy. She is deeply influenced by film and continues to create experimental digital video. The 400 Blows by François Truffaut and Red Desert by Michelangelo Antonioni have had a profound impact on her, each film presents a protagonist struggling with their own humanity.
The complexity of being human, living in the world we do, is a concern throughout the drawings. The difficulties presented by culture, society, peer pressure, environment, and any number of intricate internal dilemmas come into play in the work. Ambiguous narratives are comprised of the unpredictable and mysterious side of survival, yet also embrace the absurdity and hope within it all. Her characters develop a keen sense of navigation through complex encounters while embracing nature and informed intuition.