SHARON HEALY

ARTS

STATEMENT

I see art as the leader in cultural movements and the remaining traces of past civilizations.  It is the most powerful tool we have to understand and communicate the quotidian occurrences of life and the monumental experiences that shape the very core of us as humans.  Art offers a medium to converse with the future and the past, and my art comes from my desire to understand the ancient stories that I see embodied in the world around me.  The archetypes of myths, from the story of Odysseus to the dance of Shiva, are alive and present from the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment you kiss your loved one goodnight.  I want to bridge the gap that our culture has made between symbols and what they communicate about universal questions of existence.  I believe that symbols of the past magnify our connectedness and our desires to transcend and evolve.  If we can explore the power of symbols and stories through art we can synthesize cultures and see that we are all participating in much larger patterns of creation.  I want to place the viewer of my art on the seams of these universal patterns so that they feel the power of archetypes resonating within.  I want my paintings to stand as a mirror reflecting to the audience the truest and most captivating parts of themselves, so that he/she feels the awe of co-creating the future.