Sharon Myers is a sculptor, quilter, mixed media collagist, and chef. Sharon Myers Arts, located in Brattleboro, Vermont, is home to Sharon’s studio and workshops where she works as a multi-disciplinary artist.
“Light fascinates me. Every hour, the light changes. In every country, the light is different. It bounces off the water in the Caribbean in the turquoise shades we’ve come to associate with those shores. In Deer Isle, ME, it sparkles gold in the daytime, silver at night. In Jerusalem, the sun reflecting on the stone truly makes it a city of gold. In the southwest, the sands and mountains are pinks and ochres, chalk and putty. Fabric gives me the chance to recreate the variety of light I see at home and in my travels.
“Fabric too is intoxicating. Once I see the color and feel the texture, ideas begin to flow. I have to own it, to take it home and play with it. I have dyed fabric to get the subtlety and variety that I need to create a landscape, sky, sunrise, or mountain. I have used fabric to paint these impressions because I need to see the color and shape first. Having the fabric in my hands gives me a way to bring my vision to life.”
Sharon Myers: The Wedding Gown Project
“Several years ago while walking through Experienced Goods, Brattleboro’s hospice charity shop, I saw a corner full of wedding gowns. It was June. They caught my eye. Not being in need of a wedding gown, I left. But by the time I got home, I felt really disturbed. I couldn’t stop thinking about these worn, used, and discarded dresses – and the stories that they told. Being a caterer, I have seen hundreds of wedding gowns. I’d easily get caught up in the joy and promise of the “once-in-a-lifetime” day. But these dresses were for sale in a hospice shop. They had been abandoned, instead of cleaned and stored in a closet to be cherished and saved for a future daughter’s wedding. A few days later, I went back to Experienced Goods and bought them all. I hung them in my studio and looked at them, and lived with them for a few months, trying to understand why I found them so unnerving.
“Thus began by exploration of the meaning of the word “marriage” and the meaning of wedding dresses in today’s society. I had many questions. What are the words related to marriage that we use today? Were these gowns from the first wedding, or the second, or maybe even the third? How long do marriages last now? What are the emotions surrounding divorce? What happened to “’til death do us part”? What is left after we are gone?
“The installation of the Wedding Gown Project is a reflection based on traditional women’s garments and of my personal journey to answer those questions. The Wedding Gown Project is composed of four parts intended to produce a very soft, light, and eerie quality: Procession, Fragments, Words, and Vows. Procession floats through space and asks us to examine our place in its ever-changing arrangement. The Fragments, Vows, and Words sections offer a closer probing of the deeper layers of meaning in our society. The installation is a guide in fabric, words, images, and other materials to contemplate the social issues, codes, and responsibilities such as truth, betrayal, separation, love and family, taboos, loneliness, and joy. The Wedding Gown Project invites viewers to reflect on who we are, and our place in today’s culture”