Artist Profile

Shawn Bitters

Visual Artist Fellow (2016)

Illustration, Installation, Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Statement of Work

Humanity has a long history of attempting to read nature through shamans, prophets, or scientists. A stone communicates its complicated history through its shape, color, texture, and chemical structure. This history can be read, reread, reinterpreted and still retain indecipherable elements waiting to be decoded. My work explores how we use language, narratives, and belief structures to establish connections to our environment. I construct printed-paper sculptures and installations based on geological phenomena.

In my modest way I am constructing a new nature. I build these landscapes with the contradictory aim of creating a convincing illusion of a reality that flaunts it’s own fabrication. These are queer structures sitting between accepted categories. They are both print and sculpture, weighty and weightless, active and paralyzed, object and sign. I present my paper in stony drag to reveal the complicated nature of accepted realities.

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