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Shelby Charlesworth

Shelby Charlesworth

Tracing spaces once touched, seeking comfort in an absent hand, I ground my work in personal experiences and a larger social context. Responding in an interdisciplinary manner, I investigate themes of loss, longing, grief, and collective trauma. My interests lie in the slippage between absence and presence; the ephemeral and fixed. Porcelain, embroidery, printmaking, textiles, and found objects are utilized to create compositions that relate to the temporality and permanence of the body. Repetition and labour are used as linkages to empathy and understanding. Cracked flesh, an aching back, but still I must persist, sifting through the residue as it falls through my fingers.



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