With a “one mile diet” approach to sourcing art materials, Sharon works to discover the inherent material potential in a local landscape. Involving community in connecting traditional hand techniques with invasive species and garden waste she creates site-specific installations that become ecological interventions. Graduating from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1996 she began working materials from the land in 1999 and has exhibited and engaged communities with her practice in Ireland, Mexico, Spain and throughout the United States. At home in Vancouver Sharon has worked with Parks Board, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Artstarts, Evergreen Society Community Arts Council of Vancouver and Environmental Youth Alliance. Sharon is a member of MOPARRC, the artist collective that activates the Means of Production Garden in Mount Pleasant, a community garden that grows art materials. Sharon has received Canada Council and British Columbia Arts Council grants and is the 2010 recipient of the Brandford/ Elliott Award for Excellence in Fibre Arts and Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Studio Design: emerging artist.
Sharon works seasonally with what the landscape produces and provides. Working in several parallel areas, Sharon creates indoor, studio-based work, outdoor site-responsive installations and maintains a community engaged practice.
Sharon’s personal mandate is to leave as soft an environmental imprint as possible, while engaging with others through the practice of common work – participatory installations and shared art related experiences. Often addressing the connectedness between the natural world and the human being using figurative reference, works are typically obsessive, ephemeral and meditative in process.
Sharon has actively worked in the arts as an instructor, fine art programmer and administrator in galleries (Burnaby Art Gallery 2003-2010), Municipal Art Centres (Shadbolt Centre for the Arts 1994-2005) and Artist Run Centres (Dynamo Arts Assoc. 1996-1999) since 1994. Sharon has lived and worked at the City of Vancouver’s Core Artist’s Co-op since the Co-op opened in 1999.