After her fellowship at the Union, Shea took what she learned and ran with it. Three years later, she has exceeded her own expectations, thanks to the early mentorship she received and continues to receive from The Union for Contemporary Art.
2016 has been a busy year so far for Shea, who was recently honored by the James Renwick Alliance with the Chrysalis Award, presented to a distinguished emerging artist, this year in fiber. This cash award will be funding some new experimental materials, and a lot of travel. Shea will be traveling to several prestigious exhibitions in which she has work, and meeting with artists and art professionals to develop relationships and build a network. She recently returned from the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., where she attended the opening reception and events for "Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists interpret Diaspora." In May, she will be traveling to Ohio for "The Artist as Quiltmaker XVII", where she will receive an Award of Excellence by juror Mark Newport. She will return to Ohio in June for a series of events surrounding the exhibition, "Focus Fiber," at Kent State University Museum. Her work will be in the upcoming Visions Art Museum biennial, "Breakout: Quilt Visions 2016," in San Diego, which she will visit in October.
Shea has a solo exhibition, "Homo roboticus," at the Fred Simon Gallery (1004 Farnam St. Lower Level) open May 16 - June 24th with an opening reception on May 20, 5-7 pm.
ABOUT THE SHOW
"'Homo roboticus' explores the interplay between biology and technology. I have always enjoyed the ubiquity of androids in the fictional work of Philip K. Dick and decided to explore the topic’s relevance to the modern day. The idea that someday the human body and mind is going to be integrated with technology is no longer science fiction, and neither is the fact that it will be increasingly harder for us to even tell the difference. We are advancing technology to mimic biology, integrating our knowledge into ourselves and artificial intelligence systems. We may all have doppelgangers to provide us with biological parts, or may just run some circuits through ourselves and let a machine do the heavy lifting. Our mentality is being advanced towards ever more technological dependence, and android-like traits are being bred and encouraged for higher efficiency. After the convergence of robot and human biotechnology, how much longer will it be before we arrive at homo roboticus?"