Shari Pratt is a Canadian born artist who works predominantly in the medium of painting, but often includes found photography and artefacts in her installations. Pratt completed her Master of Fine Arts at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and her Bachelor of Art Education Major from the University of British Columbia. She attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and British Columbia Institute of Technology taking courses in visual arts and graphic design. Pratt has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout BC, Canada, and the United States. She has won many awards including the Alex Colville Award for Excellence in Acrylic Painting and the British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship Award. Pratt is the Golden Artist Colors Working Artist for the Province of British Columbia. Pratt is currently interested in how memory functions and how we store and recall memories of our past.
Artist Statement -
My artistic practice is a fusion of nostalgic portraiture mixed with an aesthetic awareness of our complex identities. Inspired by the notion that companionship and sense of belonging are vital to human happiness, my work addresses themes of aloneness where I try to find meaning and truth beneath the surface. I often begin by building up the surface of my work and then peel back the layers through physical deconstruction by sanding, carving, and detaching. I believe that what lies beneath the surface of the work is often the true story of self. My work explores the reconstructed memory of my personal life which is often projected through my exposure to photographs from the early 1900’s. I have always been attracted to aged and deteriorating items which often embed their way into the work. I strive to create a personal relationship with the figures in my work, attempting to connect with my subjects in a synesthetic way.