“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
OCT 2019 - I am thrilled to be awarded a residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences in Georgia USA.
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.
This residency provides a program that empowers talented individuals to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires individuals working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber. - Hambidge.org
I will be creating ephemeral site specific sculpture and facilitating community engagement with this process via workshops.
MAY 11-20 2020 KANAZAWA JAPAN (10 day tour) I am so excited to be co-hosting another ephemeral art tour to Japan with Cilla Campbell Art Tours.
ARPIL 12 and 13 Pamboola Ephemeral Art Event - Pambula Wetlands South Coast NSW - ephemeral art
MAY 17 Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability - Balls Head Waverton - Sydney - ephemeral art
MAY 27-29 Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten - ongoing collaborative project with children and staff - ephemeral art
JUNE 22 NEW WORKSHOP CONCEPT - Creative Conjuring at Saltbush Collective - North Head - Sydney
AUG 17/18 2 Day intensive Masterclass at Byron School Of Arts - ephemeral art
Please go here for more information about workshops.