“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
OCT 29 CAMDEN - SYDNEY - GLENMORE HOUSE
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.
View the catalogue for my recent solo show OFFERING at ARTHOUSE GALLERY - Sydney here
On -line Interview with Imprint House - behind the scenes + daily practice
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 - Susan Milne) and Manly Regional Art Gallery ( Katherine Roberts) and supported by National Parks and Wildlife and Pittwater Council. It is already amazing!
upcoming exhibitions / events
NOV 20 2016 -18 MAR 2017 McCLELLAND SCULPTURE GALLERY - Human/Animal/Artist - Group Show curated by Janine Burke and Penny Teale
NOV 19 - 20 ONEFOURFOUR - online group project/show - The Art Room in Melbourne, VIC - 12 photographs of ephemeral installations relating to monthly themes throughout 2105
DEC 2016 - FEB 2017 MANLY REGIONAL ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM - Sydney - Kuringai PH - Group Show
JUNE 4 - JULY 23 2017 Woven in Winter - STURT GALLERY - Group show
JUL 5-11 2017 FIBRE ARTS WINTER SCHOOL - 5 day immersive workshop - Ballarat VIC
MAY 2017 'SOUNDSCAPES' -Qurindi Preschool - rural NSW - ephemeral art and sound project - funded by Arts Northwest.