“Her art has a beauty and an ineffable dimension which is distinct from and not imitative of nature. It is the transparent artifice of her assemblages which isolates and re-contextualises each small natural element so that its beauty can be perceived.This effect is sometimes called the heightened reality of art.”
Margot Osborne 2010
WORKSHOPS COLLABORATIONS WITH NATURE
MAY 24-26 QUIRINDI PRESCHOOL KINDERGARTEN - Collaborations with Children
Curious Creators Connecting with Nature (Funded by Northwest Arts Grant)
SEPT 30 SYDNEY habour foreshore - created with Cilla Campbell (location TBA)
OCT CAMDEN - SYDNEY ( Glenmore House - date TBA)
JULY 2017 BALLARAT - VICTORIA - Winter Fibre Arts (5 day retreat)
Please go to upcoming workshops for all information.
Shona Wilson is a contemporary Australian sculptor, who has engaged with natural found material to create both abstract and representational, 2-D assemblages and 3-D sculptures for over 20 yrs. Shona is the creator of the One A Day Ephemeral Art Project which has inspired people worldwide.
Shona currently lives and works on the NSW mid north coast and is represented by Arthouse Gallery in Sydney and Mossgreen Gallery in Melbourne - Australia.
The repetitive use of Nature's detritus brings me closer to understanding the world we share. The materials themselves are storehouses of knowledge and information. They act as 'keys', unlocking doors to memory, science, history and imagination.
Exploring our existence through the myriad of natural found materials collected in my day to day life and travels is a continuing theme and motivation for my art practice. For the past 20 years my work has been an invitation to marvel and wonder at the details within nature which I have presented predominantly through sculptural assemblages.
In 2014 I created the online One A Day Ephemeral Art Project. This employed my intimate scale,short time frame, nature based Ephemeral Art formula as a tool and method to explore, share and be in the world with mindful curiosity and appreciation. This directly informs my facilitation work with Ephemeral Art Workshops. Inviting and encouraging direct engagement with the natural environment and providing a space for playful creativity and mindfullness to occur, is a potent and tangible experience which enables meaningful and useful changes in perceptions and interactions with oneself and the environment. I have recently enjoyed working with adults, high schools and pre-schools.
DEC 9 - 2016
Very excited to be part of KURINGAI PH an ART+SCIENCE + NATURE collaboration for 2016 - - resulting exhibition at Manly Regional Gallery and Museum. A remarkable set of scientists and artists engage with the remarkable Kuringai Chase National Park. Envisioned and co -curated by Eramboo (Artist Environment - Terrey Hills - co-curator Susan Milne) and Manly Regional Art Gallery ( co -curater Katherine Roberts) and supported by National Parks and Wildlife and Pittwater Council. It is already amazing!
MAY 7 - 2016
I will be presenting with Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten director Alison Thompson about our ongong Collaborations With Children With Nature projects ( see blog) at the ECEEN annual conference - ( Early Childhood Environmental Education Network ). This year's Collaborations with Children- Curious Creators Connecting with Nature at the preschool is funded by NORTHWEST ARTS GRANT - with much appreciation!
MAR 5 - 2016 In Conversation : Creative Women includes ONE A DAY Sydney book launch and signing - Nth Sydney Community Centre.
On-line interview with ART COLLECTOR magazine - 11th Nov 2015
On-line media story by THE PLANTHUNTER and BOOK LAUNCH of One A Day ( An Ephemeral Art Adventure....)
upcoming exhibitions / events
MAY 24-26 2016 'SOUNDSCAPES' - workshop with Qurindi Preschool - rural NSW - experimental ephemeral art (loose parts) and sound project.
SEPT 14 -2016 ARTHOUSE GALLERY - Sydney - Solo Show
NOV 20 2016 -18 MAR 2017 McCLELLAND SCULPTURE GALLERY - Human/Animal/Artist - Group Show curated by Janine Burke and Penny Teale
NOV 23 - 18 Dec ONEFOURFOUR - group project/show - THE LOST ONES Gallery - Ballarat VIC
DEC 2016 - FEB 2017 MANLY REGIONAL ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM - Sydney - Kuringai PH - Group Show
JUL 5-11 2017 FIBRE ARTS WINTER SCHOOL - 5 day immersive workshop - Ballarat VIC