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Shannon Ward

BA (Hons) Fine Art | Class of 2021

My creative artwork primarily focuses on self-portraiture composed commonly with acrylic paint, depicting both realistic and surrealistic versions of myself. My current multidisciplinary practice is driven by my own understanding and research surrounding Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), and how it affects a person’s way of living; using various medias such as paint, drawing, print, photography, video, performance and installation.

Both my physical creations and methodology are heavily inspired by the Feminist Art Movement, which is why the printmaking process of screen- printing has a profound influence on several of my projects. My goal is to show solidarity with both previous and current feminist artists, using my artworks as my autobiography, discussing topics that are often worryingly ignored, such as mental health. With No Thoughts, Head Empty (2021), I used diary entries, written by myself, to highlight my body imagery concerns that are triggered by BDD.