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In her own words
Shan Leigh Pomeroy is a multidisciplinary visual artist with a specialization in painting and drawing. She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a BFA in studio art and art history.
She has won awards and contributed written and visual projects to several art exhibitions, markets and journals in Newfoundland, Hong Kong and Quebec since 2003 under the profile The W(h)ine Region.
Shan has recently illustrated a Newfoundland-based children’s book by Karen Silver titled Come on We Goes: The Great Foggy Day, and continues to actively participate in the Newfoundland creative arts milieu.
In spring 2019, Shan won her first project grant from the City of St. John’s Grants to Artists and Organizations program.
She is currently living and working in St. John’s, with her partner and two cats.
1. What makes you proud to say you live in Atlantic Canada?
I’ve always felt that living on the East Coast hardens people and hones a very eccentric but rich sense of character. Growing up in Newfoundland has made me appreciate the world more
thoroughly and it affords a particular sense of rugged romanticism, crassness and community that seems to be unparalleled anywhere else.
2. What inspires your creative process?
The juxtaposition of organic and graphic, urban environments, anatomy, youth culture, archival imagery and documentation, craft, punx, kitties.
3. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received so far?
Do it anyway.
4. Tell us something unexpected about yourself:
I don't drive.
5. What is a common misconception about millennials that you disagree with? Why?
Laziness, probably. as far as I can see, most everyone has a side hustle or 2-3 different means of stitching together an income. I do, anyway!
6. What does self-care or wellness mean for you?
Finding the pretty things, staying warm, making stuff.
7. What’s one thing that scares you?
8. What’s your favourite way to support local?
Thrifting clothes, furniture, books, and most anything else, going to homegrown shows, hanging in local taprooms and cafes.
9. Will whine about:
Unsatisfactory climates and white men pronouncing loudly that the patriarchy doesn't exist
10. Will wine about:
A good stout, port or a boozy hot apple cider.
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