studio update: summer 2012

STUDIO NEWS

I have finally made the exciting transition from my Charlottesville studio to a newly renovated studio within the comforts of my country home. While I will still maintain the studio in the city in order to offer educational classes, working from a home studio will afford me the ability to work on a moment’s notice, and to look at the work at any hour of the day or night.

One of my favorite aspects of my home studio is the natural light that comes through the six windows of the building that served as a post office and a general store from the late 1800s through 1908.


NEW WORK

Tar and Feathers
Tar and Feathers, (June) 2012, graphite powder, watercolor and collage on paper, 66 x 55 inches
The first large-scale drawing I created in the new studio is based on the mythology of Athena and her animal protector, the owl. The figure is drawn from photographs that I took of my daughter Ryan in the field behind the studio. The owl, as in with Athena, symbolizes vigilance, insight and impending doom. The morphing of the face with that of an owl is intending to project the woman’s strength, the light in her eye – wisdom.

2012 RESIDENCIES

Despite having just settled into my new home studio, I still believe, as many artists do, that there is a significant benefit in working outside of your element/comfort zone, and pushing yourself during bursts of intense work. That said, I spent the winter pursuing residency opportunities and am excited about the two I have chosen.

VIRGINIA CENTER FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS (VCCA), Amherst, VAJune 12 – 25, 2012

As a second time resident, I was excited to get to VCCA and begin work.  Being there for 12 days was equivalent to 2 months in my home studio, not only in terms of what I produced, but more importantly the ideas for new work that surfaced while in this environment. VCCA is a very calm and centered place that allows me to get in touch with meaningful themes that can get covered up by daily life. Also, the connections I make here with other artists are always inspiring, and very helpful to my painting.

Birthday - Panel 1   Birthday - Panel 2   Birthday - Panel 3   Birthday - Panel 4   Birthday - Panel 5Birthday, (June) 2012, acrylic on aqua-board, 8 x 8 inches each (created at VCCA)

During my last fellowship here in 2009, I met poet Peter Ramos who teaches American Literature and Creative Writing at Buffalo State University.  We quickly realized that not only do we share a fascination with earlier decades (Peter the 1950s and early 60s, and myself with the early 1960s – mid 70s), but that we also share similar themes in our work: desire, memory, fragility – and occasionally – aggression.  In 2011, for my solo show California at {Poem 88} in Atlanta, I asked Peter to create a poem in response to my work, and the resulting piece was made into a miniature book for viewers to contemplate while looking at my exhibition.Peter and I were once again fellow VCCA residents this year and have collaborated again. I look forward to sharing the resulting works in the near future.

UCROSS FOUNDATION, Clearmont, WY: October 8 – 19, 2012 (upcoming)I discovered this residency because of my desire to have raw, open access to animals in movement. This would be a contrast to my current process of working from images of animals that are statically locked in photographs or other reference materials. My intent is to connect to the wider natural world as I continue to research Shamanism and to incorporate what emerges in Wyoming as key elements in the body of human/figure metamorphosis works I have been working on since last fall.

Thank you to Barbara O’Brien (Curator, Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO) and Howard Tullman (Collector, Chicago, IL) for their generous endorsement of my practice and for recommending me to the Ucross Selection Committee. I’m thrilled to have been accepted by the program.


ON VIEW


My work is currently on exhibition at the Masur Museum in Monroe, LA. I am one of 62 artists from 23 states in their 49th Annual Juried Competition. A further honor is that the juror, Liza Simone (Founding Director of Phantom Galleries in Los Angeles), chose my drawing,Emperor’s New Clothes for a second place award. Thank you to my friend/curator, Robin Bernat who introduced me to this important Southern museum. If you live in Louisiana or surrounding areas and would like to see the show, it will be on view through the 21st of July.


Roundhouse    Pelt

LEFT: Roundhouse, (May) 2012, printed acrylic, 4 x 2 x 2 feet
RIGHT: Pelt,(May) 2012, oil pastel, collage, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 30 x 22 inches
Thank you again to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University for inviting me to create a signature centerpiece for their annual Veneralia Gala/Fundraiser. For the first time, I was able to translate my figures into a three-dimensional object by having 4 recent drawings printed onto an acrylic form. An image of the installed work is above, with a view of Emperor’s New Clothes alongside an individual shot of the drawing I created specifically for the event, entitled Pelt. All of the drawings are still available, as is the completed form which can be installed in a variety of ways depending on the collectors’ interests.


WORK AVAILABLE FOR SALE

I have works in inventory at the innovative {Poem 88} in Atlanta, GA. This gallery, library and arts gathering space is located in the White Provisions development on the Westside of Atlanta.

You can also peruse and purchase work by visiting my portfolio on SAATCHI ONLINE.


As always, if you would like to see more images of my work or view my current resume, please visit my WEBSITE.

Stay cool this summer,

SHARON SHAPIRO