1 Surf Slowing Down

Sharon Andrew is a Canadian born emerging artist, living in the UK. Her work reflects the passion she feels for nature, our place in nature and the impact of man on the environment, and uses light as a medium for telling this story. Light is also the key to creating a lasting impact on her viewers.

From lit acrylic sculptures to large-scale immersive installations, the focus of her work is to remind us of our connection (or disconnection) with nature by leading the viewer through interactive virtual nature experiences, such as surfing or swimming under water.

Both streams rely on a passion for nature and the welfare of the environment, and try to engender feelings of calm, tranquillity and personal experiences of feeling “lost“ within a natural environment. However, underneath the bucolic natural references lies a darker reflection of our destructive relationship with the natural world.

Large scale interactive and immersive light installations envelop the viewer completely in undersea environments or shoreline breaking waves while a soundscape accompanies the visuals creating a transforming and mesmerising piece. They requires the viewer to slow down and interact with a virtual natural environment in a thoughtful yet joyful manner, and then question why even a virtual natural experience has this effect.

The lit acrylic panels feature strong symbolic imagery in bold colours and light; beautiful to look at as the light fills the space, but a hidden meaning lies in the inspiration of each piece. The works focus on manmade environmental catastrophes, painting a picture of natural harmony, that gradually descends into total discord with the environment as the viewer unpicks the installation. QR codes subtly encourage the viewer to access more information about the work via their smartphone.

The materials used to construct these pieces add a further layer of meaning to the works as they infer the toxicity of the sites they represent while also reflecting our connection between the global commercial culture and the ultimate cost of maintaining unchecked consumerism to the environment.

Please see www.merelyastrand.com to see more installations panels and videos of Sharon’s work.