About Shawn Hall
Shawn Hall has lived in New Orleans since January of 1997. Born in Ann Arbor, MI, she grew up in and on the forests, lakes, rivers and dirt roads of that state. The early experiences she had in the woods and the water instilled a love of the natural world, which has asserted itself as a primary curiosity and focus in her life and work.
Shawn is a painter who has developed an expanded practice that includes traditional and time-based media, installation and environmental research and outreach. She is a frequent collaborator and experimenter. Her development as an artist has led her to a delicate, intuitive approach to painting and subject matter. The natural environment, biology and the fact of our interconnectedness to a world that we don’t fully understand are at the core of Shawn’s current work. All around us light, sound waves and particles are fundamental to the way we perceive our world - we are surrounded by amazing phenomena we normally take for granted. All around us microorganisms are reproducing and communicating in sophisticated ways that seem outside our realms of common understanding. These phenomena are inherently abstract to us, often by virtue of their invisibility to the naked eye, so the language of abstraction is quite fitting to the concepts in her work.
Shawn has been an artist-in-residence at School 33 in Baltimore, the LMCC in NYC, 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica, CA and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She was in residence with her collaborative installation/performance HOW TO BUILD A FOREST, which premiered at the Kitchen in NYC in 2011 and went on to Universities and art spaces around the Eastern and Southern USA with it’s last showing at the CAC in New Orleans in 2015. Also in 2015 she was artist-in-residence at Isadore Newman School, where she developed an installation around environmental issues, citizen science and the Monarch Butterfly. She was at Airline Academy School in fall of 2016 through the Ogden Museum’s ‘Artist and a Sense of Place’ residency, where she taught primary school students about microbes in the swamps while they developed drawings and paintings imagining these unseen organisms, culminating in an exhibition of the student work at the Ogden.
Shawn got her MFA at the Mount Royal School of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an AS in Science from Delta College in MI. Her work has been featured at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the CAC in New Orleans, The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL, the Alexandria Museum in Alexandria, LA, along with galleries in New York, Dallas, Miami and Nashville among others. Shawn’s work has been reviewed nationally in Art Papers, New Art Examiner, Hyperallergic, dialogue and Pelican Bomb and is in the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum and Linklaters Corporate collection in NYC, as well as numerous private collections in the USA and Europe.
United States, Michigan, United States, based in New Orleans, LA, United States