With a career spanning over two decades, Shona Wilson continues to engage with permutations of the natural world in her intricate, awe-inspiring assemblages. Often focussing on the bypassed and the unseen, Wilson amplifies and decontextualizes the micro to draw attention to the wonders of ostensibly ‘insignificant’ elements of the everyday. The artist perceives nature’s materials to be repositories of information, stories and knowledge: 'for me, these materials have become a set of keys, unlocking doors to science, history, memory, imagination and spirit.' Her recent work investigates the interfaces and thresholds between nature and culture, revealing that they are ultimately inseparable.
Wilson has been the recipient of notable residencies and scholarships, including the Omi International Artists Residency, New York, and the Travelling Scholarship, Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD. She was a finalist in the Blake Prize (2004) and Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (2003), and her work is held in important collections such as Macquarie Bank, Artbank, Shepparton and Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, Macquarie University Art Gallery and Manly Art Gallery & Museum.
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