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Interview with Michael Corbin - - 101 SUPER HOT ARTISTS FOR 2015


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MICHAEL: New Mexico also strikes me as a very spiritual place.  Would you say your work comes from a spiritual place or is it more intellectual or emotional?

SHARON: Yes, I would say my work does come from a spiritual place. I've always believed for me, spirit comes first and then all else is after that. I also think the conception of the idea can come from a spiritual place.  I could say the idea came from "out of the blue," but that "blue" can be termed spiritual as well. I can only speak for myself here, but I also think that art is a spiritual journey.

Inside the Circle 1

Oil on Canvas, 48 X 60 Inches - 2005
Collection of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, 2005

"...Bartel Clements, while an abstract artist, weaves naturalistic and representational cues in her work all the while honing the vision through a conceptual matrix that bears down not only on perceptual experience but seems to comment on the structure of perceptual and censorial experiences as well." - BY DOMINIQUE NAHAS, 2009

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Interview with Michael Corbin - - 101 SUPER HOT ARTISTS FOR 2015


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MICHAEL: Your sculptural objects seem to be more about reinvention than invention. If we look at old objects in a new way, we can give them new life. No?

SHARON: I think that's right Michael. I would say that's part of being an artist, turning something old into a new vision. Resurrection might be another word for it. I like the challenge of seeing the mundane transformed. Familiarity can sometimes breed contemplation.

At times, I've referred back to certain materials in my work. I guess you could say they’re something like a reference point. So in a way, that's reinventing as well. Sewing patterns appear in a lot of different aspects of my work. I guess you could say it's a common thread! Seriously, I like the transparency and layering they can give me. I also like the idea one might get from the use of patterns and the idea of the use of tire tracks in my work like, "Reinventing the Wheel."

They also both have a reference to time. Sewing patterns are more personal. There's a history to them. I actually have women who've been models for my torso project contribute their old sewing patterns. The tire tracks also have a history, but they also can be seen as movement through time. Actually, these objects were fun for me. Their inspiration came out of the blue and I acted on that. Looking at an object and seeing a new purpose, a new meaning, probably stems from my childhood curiosity. As I look at them now, both have been thought-out additions to my work.

Interview with Michael Corbin - - 101 SUPER HOT ARTISTS FOR 2015


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MICHAEL: Do you feel that you've had to be a warrior to survive as an artist? Do female artists have to be warriors more than their male counterparts?

SHARON: Interesting questions Michael. First, I'd like to say that there are twelve or more archetypes that people may or may not carry in their psyche. Background and heredity are just two factors that influence these to develop. In the past, I've never thought of myself as an artist or warrior per se. A person can be a warrior about many things. I've always had a lot of determination. I feel it's the strength and determination to overcome and change circumstances that brings out the warrior archetype. So in that respect, yes, I am a warrior and an artist. I'm still here and now showing what I hope are these qualities in others, in my torso project.

Each woman artist has their own story, with failures and successes. In a male-dominated art world, that can be a long road. To answer your question, yes, I believe they do. Qualities of a woman warrior as an artist, like in any field, depend on personal aspirations. But in the end, it's really the journey that is important and how their art can affect others’ lives.

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