SHARON SHAPIRO

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Artist statement:

Representations of women can agitate for a cultural shift. Wrestling with themes of nostalgia, memory, and femininity, I chronicle the complexities of growing up in the American South. Working with women I know, I stage scenes to photograph, providing the basis for my paintings. 

Beauty is a temptation for the viewer, but upon closer inspection, cracks in the artifice reveal veiled content. In contrast with the natural realism, visual disruption and fluorescent color create a discordant scene that tilts the viewers' relationship with the subject. I evaluate intimacy and access using autobiographical experience to construct a loose narrative. I emphasize their camaraderie, vulnerability, and independence by creating semi-imaginary environments for women in utopian and dystopian settings. 

Examining the past alongside the current racial and climate crises, I confront how the two are inextricably linked. Inspired by personal events, collective myths, and pop culture, I present a world in which time coalesces and collapses.

Press

Sharon Shapiro: Fever Dream in Kolaj Magazine
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Exhibition explores pleasure and gratification Playtime featured in ArtDaily
WHAT DOES BEING A WOMXN MEAN TO YOU / YOUR WORK? : SHARON SHAPIRO RESPONDS Le Femmes Folles