The Long Awaiting of the Never Was: Stories woven through the transparent layers of time

The Long Awaiting of the Never Was: Stories woven through the transparent layers of time

by Sharon Shero

July 11 - August 23, 2014

Narratives have always been my compass whenever I create a portfolio. I begin with a “germ” of a concept and since I prefer not to storybook the work, the series often evolves into an unexpected conclusion, with plot and image twists, turns, and the occasional “aha!” moment along the way.

Most recently I have been immersed in photomontage, digitally collaging my own images. Working with prints on fine art papers, I am also exploring nontraditional framing, metal leafing, paints, ephemera, and as of late, fringe. Regardless of the medium, photography will continue to underpin my work, even if it devolves to a miniature within an assemblage or is mutilated beyond recognition.

As an artist, it seems I am influenced by every artist I discover; I am, however, particularly indebted to Francis Bacon, Joseph Cornell, and Elliott Hundley. And since my work is suffused in narratives, I must recognize the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, the folk customs of rural Louisiana, and my mother, Louise O’Callaghan, who early-on captivated my imagination with her Irish-Catholic tales. – Sharon Shero

Sharon O’Callaghan Shero is a photography and mixed media artist.

Perhaps it is in spite of growing up in the blue-color, south side neighborhoods of Chicago, that the artist is drawn to subjects that are pastoral and fantastical. Although seemingly gentle topics, the city’s crusty influence simmers beneath, skewing approach and final outcome.

Influences are a motley lot, with Francis Bacon, Joseph Cornell, and Elliott Hundley providing visual notes, and the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, and the folk customs of rural Louisiana giving narrative ideas.

Shero’s work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows throughout Texas, including The MAC (McKinney Avenue Contemporary Gallery), Mary Tomas Studio Gallery, The Cedars Gallery, the Visual Arts Coalition, the Bath House Cultural Center, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Texas Tech University, and Odessa College in Odessa, Texas. Beyond the Lone Star state her work has been featured in various shows at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, Louisiana, The Acadia Center for the Arts, Lafayette, Louisiana, and galleries in Sommerville, MA, Astoria, WA, and Middlebury, VT. Many of her works are in private collections located throughout the United States and in Europe.

The artist graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Architecture, and holds a Minor in Psychology from the University of Illinois.

Living in Dallas, Texas, Shero shares her studio with her fellow photographer and husband, Bob Quaglia.