Shan Leigh Pomeroy explores Reproductive Issues and Sexual Conventions

Shan Leigh Pomeroy is a multidisciplinary visual artist with a specialization in painting and drawing. She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec with a BFA in Studio Art and Art History. Her creative interests include anatomy, urban geography, kitsch aesthetics, bodies & spaces, children’s literature, illustration, craft, textiles, architecture, contemporary youth culture, cartography, archaeology, D.I.Y, kitties, zines and comics.
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Throughout her artistic career, Shan has won awards and contributed written and visual projects to an eclectic variety of art exhibitions, markets and art historical journals.
Shan has lived, worked, taught, produced and sold artwork in Newfoundland, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Italy and Hong Kong since 2003 under the profile The W(h)ine Region: Shan Leigh Arts & Crafts.
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She also holds a TESOL certification which has previously allowed her to synthesize and practice her interests in education, craft and children’s literature when living in Hong Kong, teaching English and Art to children ages 2-12. She continues to produce craft-based lesson plans for ESL teachers in mainland China.
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Her interest in childhood education eventually led to illustrate a Newfoundland-based children’s book by Karen Silver titled “Come on We Goes: The Great Foggy Day.”
Shan ultimately aspires to pursue a Masters in Art Education and certification in Graphic Design to further her career in art instruction, broaden the scope of her capabilities, and expand her personal oeuvre.
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Groucho Marxism, acrylic on canvas (2014)

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Artist Shan Leigh Pomeroy’s work is complex and confident.  In their diverse range of artworks dating from 2014 to current they sensitives and subtly offer up strong and sharp critiques of the patriarchy; power structures and ownership.  They state “much of my work deals with gender and anatomical ambiguities, or interruptions of media and style to express discontinuities in social norms/binaries. I often use the juxtaposition of hard and soft, crassness and playfulness, or realism and abstraction, to address reproductive issues, sexual conventions, or general ways in which we’ve been conditioned to see the word.” 

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Glitter Knives, mixed media (2019)

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Artist Statement

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I think of my work as a romanticized yet self-reflexive practice of preservation and archival documentation, informed concurrently by traditional illustration, kitsch aesthetics, gender, anatomy, and clinical diagrams. 

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Macrame (2019)
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Macrame I (2019)
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Mini Macrames (2019)

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Through an investigation of a variety of media and subject matter, I highlight tensions between technique, balance, scale, intimacy, distance, observation, imagination, comedy and drama, literal and imaginary, realism and abstraction. 

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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em Join ‘Em, ink and watercolour on paper (2019)
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Toothscape, ink on paper (2019)
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Dirty Words, ink on paper (2019)
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Zip the Lip, ink on paper (2019)
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The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, ink on paper (2016)
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Oddish in the Bushes, coloured pencil on paper (2016)
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Literally, graphite on paper (2016)
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Digital Tourism, black pencil on paper (2014)
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Girlhood, ink on wooden panel (2017)
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Jerusalem, ink on paper cutout (2014)
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Cropping and Framing, mixed media, (2018)
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Word Vomit, ink on paper (2019)
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Corn on a Corn Husk, mixed media (2018)
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Anaximander’s Conception of the World with Minotaur, mixed media on wooden canvas (2014)
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Yesterday’s News: The Narrows, mixed media on wooden panel (2017)

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I draw much of my influence from daily life and my own tactile, subjective experience. I collect and chronicle the minutia at work within a particular moment, often juxtaposing sentimentality through some means of interruption, abstraction, or imposition of unconventional elements, challenging the viewer to extract something more.

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Mari Lwyd Taking a Selfie by the Narrows, mixed media on wooden panel (2019)
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Above all Things, embroidery (2017)

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To explore Pomeroy’s works further please visit Facebook and Instagram.

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To explore more queer contemporary art please visit www.balaclavadotq.net.

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2 thoughts on “Shan Leigh Pomeroy explores Reproductive Issues and Sexual Conventions

  1. I’m so proud of you. Words escape me. Keep pushing boundaries, stretching imagination and challenging art perspectives/mediums.
    Love you Shannon my darling.

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