Sharon Paster

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Artist Statement

I am interested in conveying a “state of possibility,” where everything in the atmosphere pulsates with life, on the verge of movement and change. My paintings are not about what is seen, they are about the forces of energy that surround us. How one motion affects the next is a continuing source of fascination for me.

I’ve been exploring abstraction more and more over the years, but–even with my representational pieces–I am focusing on the vibration of matter and how our world exists right on the edge of chaos, in almost constant flux.

That’s why retaining a sense of gestural animation in my work is important to me. I also use a lot of glazes and scribbles to convey the depth of space wherever I can.

Inspired by the landscape and water that surrounds me in Marin county, California, I’m also drawn to the figure, especially ones that are active (or actively thinking). I play rock music while working, and hope the rhythm of the sounds I hear are also part of the viewer’s experience.

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