As the late Barry Commoner put it, ‘everything is connected to everything else’. I view my practice as an act of participation in the biological world through intuition and action. I work from the premise that everything is an event in nature. As a visual artist I observe and imagine the natural world in its various facets, often from an up-close and even microscopic point of view. I like to make connections and subtle layers. The world is in constant change, and I’m interested in those changes. I have reverence for the knowledge inherent in all beings; what is within and without us is teaming with biological drama that we are just a part of. To a large extent my work is a kind of homage to this fact.


Shawn was born in Ann Arbor, MI, and has lived and worked in steamy New Orleans since 1997. She holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she was a Patricia Harris Fellow, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an AS in Science from Delta College in MI (whose underpinnings have never left her). She has been in residence at School 33 in Baltimore, in NYC through the LMCC, in Los Angeles at 18th Street Art Center, and recently at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. Exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Center and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Wolfson Gallery at Miami Dade, FL, N.A.M.E. in Chicago, The Hewitt Gallery and Bronx River Art Center in NYC, Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, NY, G.U.M+D Gallery in Dallas, TX, Williams Tower Gallery in Houston, TX, The Red Arrow in Nashville, TN and Chateau de La Napoule, in Mandelieu, France. Her work has been reviewed nationally in Art Papers, New Art Examiner, dialogue and Pelican Bomb. She is a part of the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Linklaters Corporate collection in NYC, and numerous private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Shawn is represented by Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, and The Red Arrow in Nashville.