• Artist Release | 'Rooted' by Shana Grugan

    Artist Release | 'Rooted' by Shana Grugan
    We are treating you to another new addition to the Collective today, allow us to introduce you to artist, Shana Grugan based in Pawleys Island, South Carolina!
    Shana is an acrylic painter and her work is inspired by natural creation, primarily botanicals. We know you're going to love this bright and bold collection of summer botanicals.
    The artist states, “It is the beauty on display that attracts me to the botanicals, but it is the process of how that beauty is manifested that has fascinated me. From the burying of the seed underground, it's breaking and rooting downward, all before the first sign of life sprouts above the surface, there is much to explore behind the visible beauty. I look to reflect this natural process in my work by creating layers. Sometimes, the initial layers are left visible and other times they are covered, but exist nonetheless. I enjoy using mediums to build transparency, masking techniques, and scraping to arrive at a level of texture and depth on the surface. My hope is that the final image of beauty beckons the viewer to lean closer to ponder the process beneath it. In my current body of work, I seek to not only focus on the physical beauty of botanicals but to hone in on the delightful shapes of the shadows. Each shadow cast is a unique display, here to day and never to be replicated again. As the shadows move and change with time and as the plant grows, a new image is created. In a process that begins underground and unseen, a tangible and visible product is created. That producat then creates an infinite amout of ever changing shadows that display beauty themselves. 'Rooted' is a collection of compositions exploring the premise of gathering the shadow shapes and rooting them in flattened contours of vessels."
    We invite you to explore these exquisite botanicals here!