“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.
How can we care for what we do not know?
The repetitive use of Nature's overlooked fragments and invisible realms, 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. The intersects between nature, science, spirit, and art are potent environments to research and play within creatively. Art making can become Ceremony.
Exploring our existence through the myriad of natural found materials collected in my day-to-day life is a continuing theme and motivation for my art practice. My work is an invitation to marvel and wonder at the details within nature which I have presented predominantly through sculptural assemblages. The mirroring of the micro/macro world and its phenomenology captivates my whole being.
In 2014 I created the One A Day Ephemeral Art Project which was delivered online and resulted in a book. I 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 wonder. This practice directly informs my facilitation work with Ephemeral Art Workshops. Inviting and encouraging direct engagement with the natural environment, and it's materials, as 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.
exciting news! - 15th March featured on COLOSSAL
upcoming exhibitions and events 2018
APRIL 4-MAY 13 Studio Spaces in the Mid North Coast - Manning Regional Gallery and Fairfax Media - Curated Group Exhibition, Taree NSW
APRIL 21 Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Conference Melbourne - Collaborations With Nature (and Children) - presentation and workshops.
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.
JULY 1 & 29 NEW WORKSHOP CONCEPT "RE-MEMBERING" Masterclass at Eramboo Artist Environment. This will be an indoor 2-day masterclass (bookending a 28 day moon cycle) creating a talisman or personal spirit object with your natural found materials.
COLLABORATIONS WITH NATURE WORKSHOPS 2018
MARCH 24 &25 LORNE BIENNALE 2018 LANDFALL - 2 x Collaborations with Nature Ephemeral Art Workshops (Field Work)
JUNE (DATE TBA) CALOUNDRA - Arist Professional Development Program in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Council QLD
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 3-15 JAPAN IMMERSIVE - SADO ISLAND hosted with Cilla Campbell - all booking will be through Cilla
SEPT 27 +30 BRUNSWICK HEADS NSW - an associated workshop event with SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL - all bookings will be through Swell
OCT 25 SYDNEY HARBOUR FORESHORE hosted with Cilla Campbell - all booking will be through Cilla
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