“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 in Sydney and Artvisory in Melbourne Australia.
Bridging Art and Nature.
The repetitive use of Nature's overlooked fragments, 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 world 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 process 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.
Feature in COLOSSAL 2018.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND NEWS
'WHAT WAS - WHAT IS - WHAT COULD BE' is the title for this body of work which will be shown as part of a group exhibition for Earth Day April 2020 in Atlanta Georgia.
I am so grateful to have been awarded a residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences in Georgia USA last Oct.
It was Autumn (FALL) and I found myself in a sea of leaves so I created and documented a series of site specific ephemeral sculptures using leaves to tell a story about the old growth forest of endemic species that would have been in that environment 200 years before. It is a story of memory, destruction, rejuevenation, reality and hope. The growth rings on the ground indicate how large on old growth tree was at chest height (not the base of the tree). Details from some images below.
About HAMBIDGE : Nestled on 600 pristine acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, the Hambidge Center is a natural sanctuary for reflection and creativity. The property includes 7 miles of hiking trails among an incredible biodiversity of meadows, streams, waterfalls, native plants and wildflowers, and a cove forest. Its salamander population includes rare species that survive in only few parts of the world. This quiet space filled with the sounds of nature is untouched by the ringtones of cell phones, which mercifully do not receive satellite connections here.Through environmental stewardship and conservancy programs, Hambidge ensures a clean, natural setting for generations of creative individuals to come.