Sharon Healy: Between This and Next
May 5 ‐ 31, 2017
- Opening Reception: First Friday May 5th 6 ‐ 10 pm
- Artist Reception: Third Friday May 19th 6 ‐ 8 pm
Between This and Next is a solo exhibit featuring the artistic endeavors of Sharon Healy. These paintings explore the concept of what lies between worlds, consciousnesses, symbols, cultures and concepts. Between what is and could be. Many of the pieces involve principles of Hermeticism, Mysticism, geometry, Kabbalah, Jungian archetypes and myths. Some are visions, dreams, or reoccurring symbolic references that are researched obsessively and over analyzed.
Bitfactory Gallery and Studios
851 Sante Fe Blvd.
Sharon Healy believes that myths and archetypes convey universal messages about what it means to be human. She sees symbols and icons as ubiquitous tools to transcend the limitations of words. Jazmin Montano of Jazmin Arts once said that: “Healy’s work will transport you into the hallucinogenic dreamworld of your archetypal subconscious [sic].” Using the power of cultural iconography and the materials of her craft, Healy weaves in the power of mythology to encapsulate the human experience in art. Healy received her BFA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in 2007 and actively participates in the Denver art scene.
Her work is regularly on display at galleries in the Santa Fe Art District and the RiNo Art District, and also seen nationally, recently in the Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art’s Surreal Salon Six Show. She has contributed various pieces of art to local charities like Progressive Veterans, Dream Project, Yoga Rocks the Park, and many more. Her work has been in multiple publications including “Vain Magazine,” “Contango Magazine,” “303 Magazine,” and featured on the cover of the book, God Heavy. In December of 2011, when Healy had a painting stolen from a local gallery by a criminal admirer, the community helped her track down the thief and return the painting back to her collection.
Healy combines a variety of traditional painting techniques in a nontraditional way; many of her pieces use a black‐and‐white acrylic under‐painting and an oil over‐painting. By engaging with a broad palette of cultural symbolism, she revives myths in a contemporary context. Particularly, Healy evokes the female figures of our collective unconscious to return the human image to the world of art. Healy‘s work vividly depicts overlapping incarnations of myths and their presences in our everyday lives. As Jazmin Montano put it, “To be near Sharon’s work is to be tapped into the universal messages of life and humanity.” She is continually experimenting with new ways of painting, and is inspired by artists such as Alex Grey, Clyfford Still, Audrey Kawasaki, Francis Bacon, Marina Abramovic, Jenny Saville, Mark Rothko and Chiara Bautista