Biography

“I am compelled by the unspeakable darkness that comes from growing up in coal country. The deeply conflicted adults of my childhood still drive me to examine the discord that exists between the inner and outer realms of human experience. Often a person’s placid exterior belies an riotous inner core. My work attempts to crack that shell and explore what lurks beneath that shiny surface; anxiety, aggression, and at times insatiable desire.Photographs, both staged and candid–continue to fascinate me. When inspected closely, they can reveal a deeper tension than what was intended in the moment. I examine figures in discarded photos and then place them in the new context of my work. There they can live differently.I paint with bittersweetness and I intend to present what we mean not to lose.”

-SharonShapiro.com, Artist’s Statement

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