Sharon Phelps

Website: http://www.encounterswithpainting.wordpress.com

Email: sharonphelpsemail@gmail.com

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New Mexico series no.4 (2016), mixed media, 22.5 x 15 cm

New Mexico series no.5 (2016), mixed media, 20.5 x 14.5 cm

New Mexico series no.3 (2016), mixed media, 15.5 x 22.5 cm

New Mexico series no. 1 (2016), mixed media, 21 x 22 cm

New Mexico series no. 2 (2016), mixed media, 15.5 x 22 cm

New Mexico series no. 6 (2016), mixed media, 15 x 21 cm


Statement

Sharon approaches paintings as layered structures, where painting can be seen to overlap with drawing and sculpture. Carefully selected elements are positioned within individual pieces, but can also be interchangeable across different works, with leftover fragments being retained to begin new pieces. Her artworks arise from an ongoing study of the relation between the methods used by Canadian-American artist Agnes Martin and those of contemporary art practice, sitting between painting and sculpture. Sharon's experimentation encompasses methods of transcription, reconfiguration and the way compositional elements such as delicate line and edge may convey fragility and a sense of tranquillity. These methods are used within a contemplative art practice. Her most recent artworks result from a stay in New Mexico, where the possible influences of Native American Indian culture and desert-mountain landscapes in Agnes Martin's art practice are analysed through Sharon's practical investigation. Elements of colour suggested by snow-capped mountains, pink-brown rocky terrain and adobe dwellings combine with meanings conveyed in ancestral storytelling and craft practices, all being contained as visual note-taking within these small collage pieces.

Biography

2012 - 2017 PhD in art practice, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London
2012 MRes (Arts Practice) Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London
2003 MA Fine Art, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham
2002 BA (hons) Fine Art, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham

CV

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