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“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

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & PROJECTS 2022

Friday May 6 - COLLABORATIONS WITH NATURE - Ephemeral Art Worksop 10.00am - 4.00pm

I am always excited to facilitate this gorgeous day at Vaucluse Bay Park onSydney Harbour with Cilla Campbell. 

See the link below for all info and bookings:

https://www.cillacampbell.com/events/ephemeral-workshop-with-shona-wilson-2022


The Bark People and the Wind - a collaborative storybook project with Rachael Skyring.

Rachael has written a story based on a series of ephemeral artworks I created in 2021.

We will be publishing the book online - more info and images shortly :)

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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 - Worimi Country - and is represented by Arthouse Gallery in Sydney and Artvisory in Melbourne Australia.


artist's statement

Bridging Art and Nature - Studio | Ephemeral | Workshops

Creating with Nature's overlooked fragments, brings me closer to understanding the world we share. These materials are storehouses of knowledge and information. They act as 'keys', unlocking doors to memory, science, history and imagination. Exploring our world through the myriad of natural found materials collected, observed or arranged 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 present predominantly through sculptural assemblages.The mirroring between the micro/macro world and the human/natural world captivates me, discovering connections and resemblances everywhere. The intersects between art, nature, science and spirit are potent environments to research and play within. Art making can become a ceremony.

In 2014 I created the One A Day Ephemeral Art Project which was delivered online and resulted in a book. I translated my studio based processes of creating work with natural found materials in an intimate scale to a spontaneous and short time frame outdoors, to create a unique Ephemeral Art process.This has become another  tool and method to explore, share and be in the world with mindful curiosity and wonder. This practice directly informs my Collaborations with Nature - Ephemeral Art Workshops.

My engagement with the natural world has led me to realising the disengagement many young people have with Nature. Looking to our future, a question must arise. How can we care for something we do not know? 

NEWS

2022

I am excited to be commissioned to create an artwork from materials collected by a family on the NSW Central Coast and inspired and derived by the ecosystem that surrounds them and natural materials they have found and collected. These will become an assemblage work which relates directly to the family and the place they live and love, a celebration of the natural world around them which is a source of huge joy.

2021 

withNature2020 collaborating with Manning Regional Gallery, Mid Coast Council, Manning River Turtle Group and 36 schools and community groups. I was honoured to be part of this project and a catalyst for Australia's contribution - The Manning River Helmeted Turtle. We created a large scale 10 x 8m drawing of the turtle on the banks of the Manning River on May 22 with approx 3000 hand woven turtles by children and community groups in our local area. Well done!

This project is included in the United Nations Agenda for People and Nature.

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2020 

Selected group shows in Atlanta USA  - RESONANCE & RESILIENCE 

Works created from my residency at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences were included in 2 exhibitions Resonance and Resilience curated by Shannon Morris and Pandra Williams in Atlanta. Both installations What Was, What Is, What May Be and Fallen spoke to and about the state of the natural world, beauty which belies destruction, and hope for our common future. 

What Was, What Is, What May Be consisted of ten large hanging fabric prints of photographs of ephemeral artworks which traced the past, present and future growth of the secondary forest at Hambidge (Southern Appalacian Cove Forest). 

Fallen was a large scale drawing of traced fallen autumn leaves collected over the two weeks I spent in residence overlaid with a video work of a sudden gust of falling leaves against the sky which I hapened to witness there and video. Fallen suggests how I feel about our current environmental situation and through a natural event and process of the seasons, in particular Fall .

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2018 

Feature in COLOSSAL