Reception: March 19th, 6 - 9pm
On the UAS Barewalls
Shannon was an artist, a graduate of ACAD in Calgary, B.Des. She also suffered from severe depression, OCD and agoraphobia. After eight years of fighting her mental illness, in hopelessness and despair, she gave up and took her life in January of 2009. To honour her talent and her passion for art and to ensure her art is forever visible for people to enjoy, here it is.
Shannon herself did not believe she did anything useful with her life so she hid her art away and would not show it to anyone. Most people she knew later on did not know she was an artist and were totally unaware of the breadth and depth of her artistic ability. Her work demonstrates a freedom and exploration that was denied in her real life. She openly painted from her heart without restriction and with strong emotion visible in every piece. Her art shows a wide variety of styles in many media and subject matter. She never limited herself to just one style, though of interest to her was the play of light and dark, the human body, landscapes, still life and the world of imagination and illustration of her imagination. She had just started her career in design when she suddenly went into a severe depression, which she never came out of.
Had she lived it would have been interesting to follow her continued progress in art and design as it evolved over the years. However, she did leave approximately 160 pieces, which is still a considerable body of work. Unfortunately we will never know what she would have become.
Suicide is epidemic in North America. 90% of all suicides have a mental health component and the waste in human life and potential is enormous.
Through the exhibiting of her art and sale of some of her pieces, it is hoped that more can be done in the way of prevention of suicide and improving the mental health of those suffering from a mental illness. A portion of proceeds go to Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region.
Please take your time to view her art, let it grow on you and appreciate the wonderful vision and passion Shannon had for her art.