Untamed by Shannon Amidon

Shannon Amidon

Portland, OR - United States


Molten bees wax, old books, letters, maps, & ephemera filled with memories. Inspired by the briefness of life and the wonders of the natural world Amidon’s artwork explores the cycles of life, calling attention to its transitory and fragile nature. Shannon primarily uses the ancient medium of encaustic (molten beeswax) often incorporating organic and ephemeral materials to create her artwork. She has a strong emotional connection to well-worn objects that have been through many hands and feels the essence of their history and memories reflected in her art. Her subject matter often includes a variety of natural history elements including insects, botanicals, seed pods, and birds as well as ancient symbolism and geometry. By interlacing science, nature and memories Amidon strives to create pensive and familiar images that transport the viewer to another time and place, evocative of a moment filled with exploration, wonder and discovery.

Amidon’s artwork has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards including the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award, SV Creates Artist Laureate, Awesome Foundation Award, and the Art Inspector Eco Art Grant and studio makeover. She was identified by the curators of the Triton Museum of Art for their 50th anniversary exhibition as an artist they feel are worthy of attention in the coming years. Shannon has been an artist in residence at The Ayatana Artistic Research Program in Canada, TechShop San Jose, Herhusid House Artist Residency in Iceland as well as the David and Julia White Artist Colony in Costa Rica. Corporate collectors include Genentech, Wells Fargo Bank and Kaiser Permanente.

Shannon is active in her local arts community contributing her time, knowledge and art. She is the co-founder of My Art Resources; an online comprehensive source of business tools and professional practices for artists living in Santa Clara County and nearby cities.

Local shows

SF Open Studios Weekend and Dates
WEEKEND 3, OCT 27-28

SF Open Studios Neighborhood

SF Open Studios Group Site (if applicable)
Secession Art & Design

SF Open Studios Address
3235 Mission Street
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