Sharon Barnes

I have lived in the coastal town of Southport for the past 26 years.

 

I completed a Multi-Disciplinary Design degree specialising in sculptural ceramics followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and have since had thirty successful years of teaching art and design in schools and colleges.  Since retiring from teaching I have continued to develop a portfolio of art work which currently reflects my enjoyment of the different landscapes that surround me.

 

My work is inspired by walks in the landscape. It reflects my attraction with and enjoyment of the different landscapes, capturing a sense of place through the combination of collected images and materials, with a suggestion of mood and atmosphere. I walk the coastal landscape daily as this environment continues to inspire and provide a source of ideas. Rural landscapes offer inspiration with each environment presenting unique characteristics. Each landscape has its own unique beauty with the seasons bringing dramatic changes. Tides rise and fall leaving their mark on the marshes and sand hills. Rural landscapes provide environments which can be rich in texture and colour or brisk and raw in appearance. Each journey reveals objects within an ever changing environment.

 

I am also fascinated by the way museums store and display artefacts and relics, where collected items are labelled with unique reference numbers, with information that identifies who collected it, where it was found, why it was collected and so on. Objects that have survived the passage of time are collected and these fragments are kept in remembrance of a time and place.

 

The journeys I make are recorded through photograph, and objects that you might ordinarily disregard are collected and stored as relics. The working process involves collection and arrangement through collage and assemblage. Images and objects gathered during my walks are layered to reflect the manner in which the landscape reveals and conceals. There is the suggestion of the precious nature of each object and an implied relationship between the different fragments.