- MAY 2021 ISSUE of WESTVIRGINIAVILLE.com .
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- COVERSTORY: Lady D, In Her Own Unfiltered Words
- EDITOR/NOTES: The Art of Speaking Up
- ART/WORKS: A video gaze at new work by Sharon Lyn
- SHORT/STORY: ‘I can see clearly now.’
- RE/PRINTS: Consuming Blackness in ‘progressive’ West Virginia
- ARTIFACTS: The Bowie/”I Dream of Jeannie”/Chuck Yeager Connection
- RE/PRINTS: Community Seeks Reform After Shooting in Charleston WV
- SPOTLIGHT: Who is saying what as the opioid trial begins
- APRIL 2021 ISSUE: A ‘ninety-something’ issue
- MARCH 2021 ISSUE: “Be the Change: The tale of a song & its songwriters”
CLICK BELOW TO WATCH: RECENT WORK: By Sharon Lyn
EDITOR’S NOTE: You wouldn’t think Twitter would be a place to watch an artist’s development. But that would be the case with West Virginia artist Sharon Lyn. Almost daily, she posts her artwork there. It has been a pure delight watching her recent explorations, ranging from figurative depictions of the human form to layered ornamentation of evocative skyscapes that add new depth and complexity to each work.
We’ve featured her work before, here and here. I will leave to more seasoned artistic observers a deeper interpretation of the motifs she explores. I will say that there is a lot going on in the faces and forms of the figures she depicts. She routinely depicts both girls and women. They clutch themselves at one moment or stare into the middle distance, wrestling, it appears with some history of pain or trauma. But then her figures toss their heads back or fly through the air on swings, appearing momentarily self-possessed, as if thunderclouds had parted, casting spears of sunlight onto the depicted moment.
See more of Sharon Lyn’s work at: sharonlyn.com
Her work is worthy of a full gallery show and serious art review attention. That is all the more so given that she is producing such notable work while a clinical mental health counseling graduate student at Marshall University, a disability advocate, and a writer. ~ Douglas John Imbrogno
VIDEO: The Artist’s Work Considered As a Moving Picture Show: dec19. 2020: Sharon Lyn’s art considered as a video: “I always had a female character in my drawings either in illustration form or comic and I’d have her acting out whatever I was also living in my drawings. For some reason, this was reassuring and helped me to feel less alone.”
ILLLUSTRATIONS | The Wonderful Friend: aug22.2020: “When I finally got to art school, a professor asked me why I ever became an artist in the first place. I told him the truth …”
ARTSHOW: ‘How Do You Serve the Ice?’: feb25.2021: How do you properly shoot, process, and filter photographs of an ice storm for the ages? How about artifying them? But how much is too much? Here are some humble attempts to portray the Great Winter Ice Storm of 2021.
5 THINGS | 1 Bridge, 1 Motorcycle, 1 Queen, 1 Mask & 1 Batman: july19.2020: Here are 5 images from the life, times and artistry of WestVirginiaVille, by staff and contributors. Including a drive-by Batman, a misty West Virginia icon and more.
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