Design, Fine Art, And Home Styling
West End artist and graphic designer Shannon Pawliw creates paintings, installations, mixed media and conceptual artworks.
Shannon is also a graphic designer and illustrator, and created the logo you see here on The West End Journal.
Her work has been exhibited in shows across Canada. Dealing with the ephemeral nature of memory, her paintings explore the unrelenting divergence of memories. “Memories of a life lived through moments both happy and sad, banal and formative,” she tells us, “what starts out as fact soon becomes corroded by memory into a dreamlike chaos, leaving no sense of the actual event."
With influences as diverse as Carl Jung and Buckminster Fuller, Shannon’s memories are expressed with both orderly and random layers of paint. By acknowledging the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, she creates intense personal moments by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
As these temporal forms become distorted through repetition, distance and time, both the painter and the viewer are left with a reinvented reality. The work incorporates time as well as space – a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit….if at all.
In addition to her fine art and her work as a commercial illustrator and designer, Shannon has recently launched a new business offering home styling and organizing services to folks seeking to sustainably reorganize their homes without the hassle of expensive, wasteful, and intrusive renovations. Her new venture is Cubiki, and she aims to help alleviate the stress and anxiety many feel when contemplating their homes or planning a move.
Shannon will be participating in this year's Art in The City show at the West End Community Centre from May 4 to 6. See The West End Journal’s “Community Calendar” listing here for details.
Below is a gallery of a few of Shannon’s fine art works and corporate designs and logos. Click each image to enlarge.