Shana James – Visual Artist and Printmaker
Shana James is an award winning West Australian artist who has 25 years experience making and exhibiting her work in Perth and in Melbourne. Her artwork is in the collections of: Kerry Stokes, Artbank, The West Australian Ministry for Culture and the Arts and The Water Corporation. Most recent purchasce was 17 Linocuts and 2 Artists Books collected by the Monash University Library.
Shana teaches drawing, painting and printmaking at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Other experience includes being commissioned for a series of Linocuts for wine lables with Journey Wines (Yarra Valley, Victoria Australia) . She also teaches PD workshops for primary and high school teachers and runs a linocut workshop in Ubud Bali every January.
About the Artwork
Shana’s images are symbolic and storytelling; recent work uses the story of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll as a critical lens to explore ideas around choice, desire and agency. Through this work Shana investigates the interplay between the individual and the society and the liminal space in between.
They are works of universal appeal many seeing their own stories when they connect with a particular artwork. These pictures are 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.