Art Spotlight: Shea Wilkinson

Art Spotlight: Shea Wilkinson


See Shea Wilkinson’s work in WTP Vol. VI #2

A hand-stitched work featuring a humanoid figure walking into a void
Condensing by Shea Wilkinson

paper, silk chiffon,
silk and wool fibers,
polyester thread, and wool felt
16” x 23”

I create machine-and-hand-stitched works, drawing with needle and thread. The stories I tell through my work relate to science, mythology, and natural and extraterrestrial worlds, portraying only a thin boundary in between. My goal is to elicit a sense of magic in the viewer, preparing them to delve into nature and myth, where everything is permitted and new worlds spring up instantly.

We are surrounded by spaces we cannot see or feel, locked in a cube, traveling within matter, or ‘crystallized light,’ as Albert Einstein put it. These pieces are inspired by the realms of the three-dimensional and beyond. Initially conceived after reading Asimov’s stories of twisting into new dimensions, they have since come to represent the soul’s journey into matter and back, as well as the free flow exchange of energy that is perpetually taking place between worlds.”

Shea Wilkinson is an award-winning fiber artist working in Omaha, Nebraska. She has exhibited widely and is the recipient of the 2016 Chrysalis Award from the James Renwick Alliance.

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