“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
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, Sydney 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 a space for playful creativity and mindfulness to occur, offers a potent and tangible experience which enables meaningful and useful changes in perceptions and interactions within and between oneself and our environment. I have recently enjoyed working with adults, high schools and pre-schools.
upcoming events 2018
FEB 26-MAR 14 FESTIVAL OF OTHER ARTS - IMAG(IN)ING - Science /Art Collaboration Curated Group Show at Workshop Arts Ewart Gallery, Willoughby, Sydney
MARCH 24/25 LORNE BIENNALE 2018 LANDFALL - Collaborations with Nature Ephemeral Art Workshops (Field Work)
APRIL 4-MAY 13 Studio Spaces in the Mid North Coast - Manning Regional Gallery and Fairfax Media - Curated Group Exhibition, Taree NSW
APRIL 27/28 Nature Play: What’s it all about? Presentation and workshop with Alison Thompson (Director of Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten) in conjunction with the University of New England, Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre and NSW Early Years Nature Connections. Held at Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre near Armidale, NSW.
MAY 20-23 SOUNDSCAPES IN NATURE – with Curious Creators an ongoing annual immersive with Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten. This year we are thrilled to have sound artist Madelynne Cornish co-facilitate with myself with the concept of 'sound' as an ephemeral art material.
JUNE 9-19 Artist Professional Development Intensive -Caloundra, Sunshine Coast Council, QLD - free by application - spaces strictly limited.
JUNE /JULY Masterclass at Eramboo Artist Environment. Dates TBC. This will be a 2-day masterclass ( bookending a 28 day moon cycle) indoors creating a talisman orpersonal object of intention with natural found materials.
SEPT ( 1 -11 ) JAPAN - SADO ISLAND - ephemeral art workshop retreat DATES TBC !
SEPT SWELL Sculpture Festival - Brunswick Heads NSW - Collaborations With Nature Ephemeral Art Workshop.
COLLABORATIONS WITH NATURE WORKSHOPS 2018
MARCH 24 &25 LORNE BIENNALE 2018 LANDFALL - Collaborations with Nature Ephemeral Art Workshops (Field Work)
JUNE (DATE TBA) CALOUNDRA - Arist Professional Development Program in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Council QLD - practising artists apply only
JULY 28 SYDNEY - Woollahara- an indoor introduction to Ephemeral Art DIPPING YOUR TOES IN - hosted by Cilla Campbell
AUG 10 SYDNEY - COAL LOADER ( BALLS HEAD - WAVERTON) - All bookings will be through Nth Sydney Community Centre.
SEPT 1-11 JAPAN RETREAT - SADO ISLAND hosted with Cilla Campbell - all booking will be through Cilla - dates TBC and all info coming soon.
SEPT 27 +30 BRUNSWICK HEADS NSW - an associated workshop event with SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL - all bookings will be through Swell - dates TBC
OCT 25 SYDNEY HARBOUR FORESHORE hosted with Cilla Campbell - all booking will be through Cilla
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