My two main methods of working are through excavation and obscuring.
In my cut book pieces I’ve removed the extraneous text leaving only specific images exactly where they were originally located. This creates a collage that was ever-present in the book and which I just assist in revealing. The pages of the textblock are sealed shut so that only the cover opens. This offers easy storage of the pieces with the rest of your library when they are not on display. I never know exactly how these biblio-excavations will visually culminate and it’s an exciting process to watch them divulge themselves.
I also work in what I consider a more traditional collage sense. Using a variety of paper based materials, slide film, photographic prints and negatives, I create both abstract and narrative work. I layer, eclipse, and obfuscate images in hopes of creating visually interesting situations.
In all my work I hope to shed light on the overlooked or discarded; those items or places that are slightly out of focus in the background. By highlighting their existence or reconfiguring them into something new I hope to breath new life into these neglected images.
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Sharon Wherland is a collage artist, painter and violinist. She studied painting and violin performance at Western Washington University. From 2006-2009 Sharon worked as an artist, violinist, and art educator in Guatemala. She currently lives in Redmond, Washington where she maintains a collage and painting studio and runs her own business teaching violin and viola. Her work has been exhibited in various restaurants and galleries, including the Oasis Gallery in Seattle (2009-2012), the Kirkland Art Center (2017), and Kirkland Healing Arts (2020- present).
Sharon takes artistic inspiration from her experiences as a violinist, working to express the rhythm, harmony, dissonance and melodic forms through lyrical, abstract, colorful works in painting and collage. Her work can be seen currently on Instagram @sharonwherland
Early deep exposure to Japanese culture more than 50 years ago set the stage for Zia's life and work as an artist. Much of what she has learned about pattern and color comes from exposure to Japanese textiles in travel and study. For many years, she worked with and taught about handmade wool felt. After an epiphany in 2013, she moved into 'felted' paper aka joomchi. Her favorite material, long fiber mulberry paper, offers an enormous range of textural outcomes and thus is perfect for someone who enjoys making many different types of aesthetic objects.
Zia is a member of Northwest Designer Craftsmen and exhibits in a seven-person paper art group, Uncommon Paper Group. She also belongs to the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and the Surface Design Association. Zia's small, wearable artworks are carried by the Bainbridge Museum of Art. She is currently working on a one-woman exhibition at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in La Conner, Washington.
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Shoreline Masonic Center
753 N 185th Street, Shoreline, WA 98133 (185th and Linden)
There is parking by the building for about 15 cars and across the street behind the Shoreline Historical Museum in the grassy area but NOT in the paved area. For anyone who can’t climb the 6 stairs to get in the building from the parking spaces on the building side, they can enter at the front of the building on a ramp.