Sharon Dembo is a visual artist and child psychotherapist living in Toronto. She has been painting for 25 years and has taken painting trips to several countries such as France, Mexico and Italy as well as to both coasts of Canada. Most of her landscapes have been painted “en plein air”. More recently over the past 14 years, her focus has shifted to printmaking. She uses a variety of print making modalities and enjoys the freedom they allow her to explore her interest in dance and movement. Her work frequently uses textures and vibrant colours to express these dynamic gestures. Sharon compares her work in this medium to that of a child’s play: a chance to be curious, inquisitive, serious and creative. Sharon has exhibited and sold her work in a number of venues in Toronto and Alton Mills over the past several years.
Artist Statement: I have used the medium of the encaustic monotype for “Ocean Spray” and “Explosion”, using a “Hotbox” (as designed by Paula Roland). I applied the wax paints onto this hot surface layering, meandering, adding and subtracting. The resulting images show how these forms become transformed into evocative images that expand our imagination. “Celebration” is a combination of printed dance images and objects collaged onto Indigo dyed Japanese paper. I enjoy conveying the gesture of dance and movement in this medium.