Shana James – Visual Artist and Printmaker
Shana James is a mid-career West Australian Artist who works in painting, printmaking and artists’ books. Graduating from a fine art degree at Curtin University in 1989, she has maintained a continued practice over the past 30 years; exhibiting widely in Perth and Melbourne including nine solo shows and numerous group shows and commissions.
She has works in the Collections of Kerry Stokes, Artbank, The WA Water Corporation, The WA ministry for Culture and the Arts and Monash University. She is currently a Masters by Research Candidate at Edith Cowan University, in Visual Arts; where she is continuing her narrative art practice.
Shana is represented in Perth by STALA CONTEMPORARY.
Shana teaches drawing, painting and printmaking at the Fremantle Arts Centre. She also teaches runs a linocut workshop in Ubud Bali every January.
My images are symbolic and storytelling; recent work uses the story of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll as a critical lens to explore ideas concerning the self actualisation of the individal. Through this work I investigate the interplay between the individual – their choices and actions and the society we are part of; creating a a poetic interpretation of events in every day life.
Quote from an Essay on Shana’s Work by Ted Snell
“Like many artists before her James creates a world with it’s own rhythm and order. Marc Chagall, Paul Klee and the British painter Ken Kiff were able to convince us of another parallel world where the mysterious and visionary were an everyday experience. They created a place of escape, like dreams, that were not entirely safe but provided a kind of security and familiarity. Like a fairy tale her narratives unfold and gather us in, giving us the strength to deal with fears and doubts in the expectation that all will be well, in the end. There is a humanness in these works that evolves from her poetic interpretation of incidents in everyday life.” Professor Ted Snell Catalog Essay 2008
To read entire essay click here
The following is a 10 minute interview with Shana on ABC Radio National’s Books and Arts program.