SHANNON L. PECK
Shannon’s art focusses on identity, attachment and loss, adoption and social conscience. Her textile work has an eclectic range which includes unusual embroidery, hand stitched dolls, felted headdresses, quilts, sculpture and assemblage.
Adopted in 1970, Shannon’s artistic identity was born from a mixture of nature and nurture. Her English-Irish-West Coast upbringing and Swiss-German-Czech birth heritage provide strong tension for this emerging artist.
Shannon currently lives on a smallholding in Chemainus, BC with a poetic baker and a flock of illiterate, belligerent fur children. She is a member of the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association and is actively involved on the Board of the Duncan Farmers' Market.
Shannon’s textile exhibit "Your Daughter is in Good Hands" (2017) explored an adoptee’s struggle with privacy legislation, rejection, loss and identity. The overwhelming response by visitors and media gave Shannon a sense of urgency to use her art and her voice to educate others on the complexity of the adoptee experience. Shannon is currently working on proposals to exhibit her show nationally.
Art for me is often about paradox, where paradox is simply that which sets one on the edge of understanding. Think ‘word made flesh’. Think ‘God made man’. I love working with juxtaposition in art whether it be words and textures, pain paired with humour, or pop culture colliding with religion. I love art that transforms sacred to secular and in the process creates awareness. I want my art to compel people to re-visit beliefs learned on the playground, at church, at home and in school. I want my art to have real consequences.
We, as a society, are so serious about our identity, always trying to set in stone our conception about who we are or what life should be like, when really we need to understand that there are a million different expressions that can transport us nearer to the glory and splendour we are seeking. That search for, and the understanding of self should not to be restricted or pressed into an unbending form.
Life, much like art is an ever evolving and creative pursuit where you are forever scratching your head and saying, “Hey what am I learning today?” It doesn’t just begin and end with a single act of creation. It is a continuous and evolving cycle of questions and answers.