Shauna Eve

What is your name, and where do you live?

My Name is Shauna Eve. I am a freelance painter and illustrator currently residing in Montreal, Canada.

What perception are you trying to create with your work? How do you think it is interpreted?

I draw confessions, things I can’t or won’t say allowed find their form through inked talisman and anamorphic avatars. Much of my work is ritualistic in its elevation of simple objects to moments of worship and contemplation. Pain and pleasure hold hands while the viewer is invited to taste, to touch, to feel, exploring what it means to be human in an ever-changing emotional/physical landscape.

How has your process changed over the years?

Learning to listen through drawing by making fewer marks and more eye contact has changed both my understanding of the world and my interactions within it. Questions are often more important than answers, thus the unexplained in my narrative becomes a platform for the viewer to engage their own histories and emotional parallels.

What would be your ideal project be and why?

Building a large-scale drawing show, expanding my single image characters onto huge paper landscapes is a both terrifying and exhilarating prospect. I also look forward to a few children’s book collaborations on the horizon with a couple of my favorite artist friends. Really though, if anything I have a hand in triggers creativity and dreaming in others, I’m as happy as a cat in hot laundry.

Who are some of your influences and why?

Most of my inspiration comes from the everyday osmosis of people and environments I interact with, but as a child the illustrations of John Tenniel, and Pauline Baynes left an everlasting mark. Contemporary influences include Marcel Dzama, Amy Cutler, and Matthew Greene as well as falling down the rabbit hole of innumerable internet blogs with it’s plethora of talented artists pouring their hearts into the void. Energy begets energy and though we do not always know each other directly, I believe we influence one another in our sharing.

When did you first discover your talent?

My mother put crayons into my hands as a child early on. I drew faces before I could speak. This gift of drawing grew up with me through foal legs, braces, and ever-changing perspectives, much like an imaginary friend.

What mediums do you enjoy working with the most? Explain your process briefly.

Nothing gets me like ink and paper. Playing in multiple mediums is a rite of passage, but the ballpoint pens on computer paper of my youth, are echoed in my current obsession with micron .005 pens on papers ranging from heavy watercolor tablets, cheap note pads, vellum, to translucent rice paper.

What is your ultimate goal as an illustrator/artist?

My main goal in being an artist is to understand and be understood, to share the places my mind travels to, and to leave behind a few doors for the imaginations ahead of me to walk through, like the portals to other worlds I discovered as a child, in books, galleries, and album covers.

Last words.

Do what you love. The dust will settle later.

Elliott MacDonald

Founder and editor in chief of The Strathcona Publication. I grew up in a neighbourhood called Strathcona in Vancouver on the North side of Hastings Ave. It was colourful, and vibrant with all kinds of inspiring experiences. This is my tribute to Strathcona.

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