Devil's Backbone

Devil's Backbone

Shiver+Shake

Shiver+Shake

Being Alone Together

Being Alone Together

Shana Stern

Artist Statement

A former dancer and screenwriter, I was diagnosed with MS in 1999. I gradually lost much control over my hands and vision and I struggle with debilitating fatigue and nerve pain. Unable to write or dance anymore, life became static... Flat... Grey...

My creative urge was overwhelming and it guided me to paint - but unable to hold a paintbrush - I had to create my own unique method of painting. While balancing the canvas on my legs and feet, I paint with my fingers and knuckles on top of - and from under the canvas.

A technique no one else does.

Always having been strongly moved by music - when a song connects, my head fills with choreography, costumes and lighting. I listen to nothing but a single song from conception through the completion of a painting & I try to transfer what I see onto the canvas. This results in a visceral fluidity of movement and emotion in each piece.

Attempting to create something beautiful as I use my fingers to make the paint dance across the canvas, is my way of fighting back against the daily, uncontrollable issues I have. Creating unusual, unexpected textures and otherworldly effects - I get tremendous joy from creating paintings which seem to shift and move. Through my art, I can now tell stories with paint and I can once again dance — with my hands.

www.ShanaSternStudio.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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