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Sharon Gilmore

My sculptures are rooted in themes of birth, death and transformation.
I use materials salvaged from nature and industry: objects that allude to archetypal animal, human or plant forms. Their surfaces are often encrusted with history.
Several sculptures are worked on simultaneously, initially without preconceptions about how they will develop. Although working intuitively, I frequently refer to books on mythologies, symbols and sacred objects, learning about how a particular form was used in the past.

I want the sculptures to appear, not as assemblages of individual parts, but as unified bodies in time and place. I almost always manipulate the surfaces. I started making art in the 1970s, while working as a public health nurse in the remote altiplano of Peru. During this time I was exposed to symbols used by artisans in their weavings and pottery. I attended many religious and pagan festivals and rituals.

More recently, I worked for three years in postpartum nursing, then moved to hospice two years ago. Repeatedly I have seen the soul revealed in newborns and depart as people die. Witnessing the beginning and end of life has permeated my being and my art.