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Shawn Creeden
Portland State University, Portland, OR
Faculty Sponsor: Erik Geschke
*2017 GFS Residency Winner

Bower #36
Mixed media with living plants
48" x 68" x 26"

Artist Statement

My found-object assemblage sculptures and plant maintenance rituals are driven by my beliefs about the sanctity and autonomy of the non-human world. Semi-fictional ecosystems incorporating living and non-living materials emerge from the apparent chaos of the studio. These imagined worlds range from immersive, responsive installations and discrete sculptures to intimate, one-on-one interactions designed to expand knowledge and enthusiasm. Through my practice, I examine the origins and manifestations of my sensitivity to the natural world while challenging human hubris in relation to wilderness, conservation, and nature.