Shannon Sullivan

The collection of sculptural wall works included in Sunsets, Drifters, and Gems explores agricultural landscapes, shifting geologic boundaries, and migrating oceanic phenomenon. I explore human intervention in the landscape by using aerial and microscopic imagery as a point of interpretive departure.  My process is experimental and inspired by the biological concepts of growth, transformation, and decay.

The collection contains two projects. The Disks are reminiscent of the cone of vision experienced when looking through a microscope, as well as the petri dish where samples are grown and examined. The circular format has become a compositional framework with infinite possibilities. The Drifters investigate the bodies of plankton—microscopic marine creatures—whose lives remains largely a mystery. But it’s becoming clearer that these tiny animals, who can catch currents or attach to boats and tour the world’s oceans, have a big impact on our lives. Both concepts hybridize and celebrate intersecting patterns and ideas about how the natural world sorts itself.

The ceramic process is integral to my practice. Wet clay captures individual moments, nuance, and variety. Fired pigments seduce an array of texture creating a sense of familiar while evoking the mysterious.

272 C Street, Eureka, CA 95501
M-F 9-2 (707) 443-1428

233 F Street, Eureka, CA 95501
T-W 9-2, Th-F 9-4  (707) 273-1026 x 823

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