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I do not view my work as stark images or objects, but as an amalgamation of hues and shapes that may change at any second, mimicking life itself. I explore the construct of texture, and how it fades my subject to a memory or an emotion. I enjoy the subtlety of overlaying images and complex sensations.
I am interested in the documentation of memory and place. I strive to find beauty in often overlooked structures and spaces. I incorporate the energy, the tension, and the emotions felt in the environment, from that instant when my feet were planted on the street, in a field, or on the edge of a balcony. At times, commentaries on the changing environment and political or social references surface in the work. The moving of shapes becomes an intellectual voyage as I articulate impressions of my surroundings.
Sharon Dowell is a painter in Charlotte, NC. She received her BFA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and has work in major collections such as the Ritz Carlton, Duke Energy, Fidelity Investments, and The Federal Reserve Bank. Recent shows include the Kipton art auction at Christies in New York and Duke University. Dowell traveled to Iceland on an Arts and Science Council grant, and returned for an artist residency in the Summer of 2010. Her public projects include a public mural for the City of Charlotte and a commission for the Charlotte CATS Transit light rail expansion. Sharon independently curates, guest juries, and exhibits regularly in galleries in Seattle, Atlanta, Raleigh, Lincolnton, Memphis, and Charlotte.
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