Sharmon Davidson


Flight Talismans
21.75″x8.5″x.5″; vintage book cover, vintage ephemera, image transfers, found objects; 2015

Sharmon Davidson
Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA

STATEMENT

My earliest memories are of a preoccupation with careful examination of the world around me, and with making marks on paper to represent what I saw. From this developed a passion for learning, a deep affinity with nature, and a desire to communicate through line and colour what cannot be expressed in words. My work originates from a deep belief in the sanctity of the earth, and in the underlying unity of everything in our universe. Formed from common elements born from a common source, everything is interconnected in the most intricate ways, both visible and invisible. Over time, I have developed a vocabulary of nature-inspired personal symbols through which I attempt to express this essential idea as honestly and authentically as I can. Each piece develops organically and intuitively, as layers of transparent colour along with other materials are built up. Vintage and antique ephemera are used in a newer series which focuses on time, transformation, and personal narrative as a means of revealing this mystery.

BIO

Born and raised near Cincinnati, Ohio, Sharmon Davidson is a Kentucky mixed media artist who uses mystical, dreamlike, nature-inspired imagery to explore her beliefs in the sanctity of the earth and the interconnections between everything in the universe. Her process begins with a multi-layered monotype; layers of other media are then added. She is also working on a series of collages which utilize vintage book covers and ephemera as materials. She enjoys recycling these objects by giving them a new life in her work. Having studied the visual arts extensively at Northern Kentucky University and the Art Academy of Cincinnati, she has exhibited professionally since 1993. Her work has been published on several book covers, and featured in publications such as The Woven Tale Press #5, a literary and fine arts journal; and Storytelling With Collage: Techniques for Layering, Color, and Texture by Roxanne Evans Stout. Other jobs and activities have included: graphic designer, stay-at-home mom, volunteering in her children’s school, performing in a Middle Eastern dance troupe, and teaching art and special education in the Kentucky public schools. Additional interests include gardening, photography, and hiking.

ARTIST CONTACT

(859) 581-5350
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sharmondavidson.com

IMAGES


What the Water Gave Me
6.75″x10.5″x.35″; vintage book cover, vintage ephemera, lace, found objects; 2017


Song of the Earth
8″x10.25″x.35″; vintage book cover, ephemera, found objects, acrylic ink, stitching; 2014


Map I
6.5″x5″x.2″; vintage ephemera, joss paper, rice paper, acrylic ink, stitching on multimedia board; 2016


Map II
5″x3.25″x.2″; vintage ephemera, joss paper, rice paper, acrylic ink on multimedia board; 2016