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Shawn Marie Hardy

Artist's Profile

Come in and view the window to my world. I am a mixed-media artist who uses paint, collage, and found objects to transform subconscious imaginings into tangible creations. For years my primary medium was pastel and acrylic paint on paper or canvas, but after years of feeling inhibited and confined I took a vow of freedom from my constraints. This freedom led me to collage--not only paper collage, but the reassembling of three-dimensional objects as well. I dissect long forgotten pages from antique and mid-century books and magazines, and rearrange the cutouts into montages reminiscent of old B movie stills or lucid dreams. Alternatively, I can turn a wadded up lump of tangled chains into a gorgeous piece of wearable art. In any case, the real and logical are reanimated into something more tantalizing and sometimes disturbing. This blend of random images or items, and spontaneous placement, is a marriage that can combine beauty, ugliness, humor, and disquiet. The result is a portfolio that invites the viewer on a phantasmic journey to where the macabre and vagary are commonplace.

As cliche as it sounds, I have been an artist ever since I can remember. As a child it is what I aspired to be and there is not a day that goes by where I am not thinking about it. Herein you will find the culmination of my endeavors. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

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