Sharon Barnes



The mixed media pieces I make are a celebration of the natural changes and inherent qualities of landscape. The work reflects my attraction with and observations of different landscapes, capturing a sense of place through the combination of collected images and materials, with a suggestion of mood and atmosphere.  I frequently walk the coastal landscape as this environment continues to inspire and provide a source of ideas. Rural landscapes offer inspiration with each environment presenting unique characteristics. Each landscape has its own beauty with the seasons bringing dramatic changes. Tides rise and fall leaving their mark on marshes and sand hills and rural landscapes provide environments which can be rich in texture and colour or brisk and raw in appearance. Each journey reveals objects within an ever changing environment.

I record the journeys I make through photography and the selection and collection of natural detritus that reflects the changes of the landscape. During my walks objects are collected and these fragments are kept in remembrance of time and place. The working process involves arrangement through collage, painting and assemblage which investigates surface, colour and the juxtaposition of found objects. I aim to draw attention to the finer details of the landscape and present them as relics that have survived the passage of time, similar to the way museums store and display artefacts. Objects are layered to reflect the manner in which the landscape reveals and conceals itself and are assembled to highlight the precious nature of each selected subject within a composition of related fragments.



Cross Street Arts Gallery, Standish – ‘Cross Street Open Studios’ 2016

New Art Spaces Bolton – ‘V S’ 2016

Arthouse Southport Contemporary Arts -‘Symposium’ 2016

The Old Courts, Wigan – ‘Wigan Arts Festival’ 2016

Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk – ‘West Lancashire Open’ 2016

Cross Street Arts Gallery, Standish – ‘18’ 2016

ArtHouse Southport Contemporary Arts – ‘Arts Festival’ 2016

Arts Trail Southport – ‘Art Around Town’ 2016

Waterfront Southport – ‘Beyond the Obvious’ 2016

ArtHouse Southport Contemporary Arts‘Coastal Spirit – Sense of Place’ 2016

Waterfront Arts Project, Southport – ‘Elements’ 2016

Cross Street Arts, Standish – ‘Migrate’ 2016