International. Contemporary. Art.
This is an interview with the very talented artist Sharon Lyn Stackpole from the United States. Sharon has been selected to exhibit at the Tokyo International Art Fair 22-23 May 2015 at Harajuku Quest Hall. www.tokyoartfair.com
Sharon, where do you see your art going in ten years?
I’m moving toward three-dimensional art, blending words into the images, mixing glass and text and form and light, all of those things. I want to move art past a passive experience into an interactive one between the artist and the viewer. I already feel art is a dialogue. I want to fine-tune that dialogue somehow and amplify the viewer’s feedback. I’m not sure yet how that would be done, but that’s the direction in which I want to go. My art is only going to be more interactive as it matures. I love dialogue. I love communication. This isn’t just about me. In fact, me should be the least factor in the equation. I’m just the channel.
Can you tell us what your ‘Before I Die’ is?
I would like very much to travel around Europe, especially Rome. As an art student I wanted very much to study art history in Rome for a summer but it didn’t come to fruition. Money was an issue. Pre-Renaissance architecture was my specialization in art history. I’m still fascinated by it. There is so much to see and do. It’s good in general I find to just get out anyway, step outside and see other things. I reasoned a long time ago if I couldn’t yet see the world I could at least see the world in the people around me. Everyone has a world inside them. Some hide theirs better than others but they’re there. My artwork is a way of traveling to those people sometimes. That’s the best way I can describe it. Before I die, I’d like to know I got there.
I know my artwork is finished when…?
I have difficulty with that. Someone usually has to take my work away from me. Either because I’m on deadline, or they like the image the way it is right then. So I stop, or I finish. Art is like life, though. It’s a forward process. The image goes through stages of development and maybe several of them are intriguing. But not necessarily finished. Something else could happen to make it more interesting. That’s a puzzle that could go on indefinitely. So when I stop working on a piece it’s not so much that I’ve decided it’s finished as I’ve opted to finally leave it alone. Very often when I pick up work from a gallery that didn’t sell I go right back to working it again. That doesn’t bother me at all. If anything the space and distance away from the piece gave me the perspective I needed to know what to do next.
Would love to exhibit my work in …
I am actually achieving a life goal right now by exhibiting in Tokyo. My father lived in Japan for several years before I was born. He lived in Sasebo, Nagasaki. I grew up preoccupied with ideas about what it would be like to live there. I never allowed myself to dream I would someday exhibit my art in Japan. So it’s wonderful. I was very excited to tell him about it, because he has never been back himself. Part of me is going back there. It’s come full circle.
Best exhibition ever participated in…?
The best exhibition I have ever been in, up until now, was with the Global Art Agency in Barcelona last December. It was so exciting and opened up so many new possibilities. The Casa Batllò is an incredibly beautiful place. I kept thinking, “Am I dreaming?”