ArtTalk – Shawn Campbell: Personal Connections in Sculpture
Personal Connections in Sculpture
A young woman wearing a blouse made of leaves. A man of bark with branches for horns. A woman with a bird’s nest on her head. Shawn Campbell’s ceramic figures—human, animal or both—have eyes that are present but not quite here. They are contemplative, sometimes lost, often sweet.
Shawn investigates the human frailties and the stories that connect us. The poetic power of her expressive figures evokes an emotional reaction in the viewer. Her sculptures speak with humor. They are often ethereal, with an innocence that inspires the viewer to imagine a backstory for each character. When viewing her sculptures and totems, we experience a mysterious vision of the world, one that includes a love of the eclectic. Shawn Campbell’s ceramic works suggest a vital interconnection between the human and non-human realms.
During these challenging times, Shawn sculpted in clay 100 faces in 100 days, a tour de force of character invention. Join us for ArtTalk and find out why Shawn Campbell has taken on this ambitious endeavor, adding to her prolific legacy of 3D sculpture creations and totems.
SHAWN CAMPBELL, Guest Artist
Shawn Campbell has studied painting and sculpture at the Baum School of Art. She is an award-wining sculptor. Although she sometimes paints acrylics and oils, Shawn’s passion has focused mostly on sculpture for the past four and a half years because she finds more freedom with clay. In addition to figures and faces, Shawn creates ceramic boxes and ornaments. Her work is hand-built pottery with a variety of glazes. Shawn still does plein air painting with friends.
Laura hosted her own syndicated show in Virginia before joining WAMU in Washington, D.C., where she also contributed to NPR. Laura became involved in the arts while living in Singapore, where she worked as a docent and developed an interest in textiles. Today, Laura is a weaver and chair of the Phillips’ Mill Art Show committee.