Shawn Marie Hardy: Collage-a-Dada

My creations emerge from the subconscious; from a place where dreams and memories and fears reside. They mix and mingle and evolve into being--into captured snapshots of my psyche. I consider myself a surrealist,with a leaning toward Dada, but there are times I want to sit and create a plein air drawing or something completely abstract. Artist, Dorothea Tanning, once said, "It's hard to be always the same person." Maybe my inability to stick with one style is my way of being someone else for a little while.

It is difficult for me to make the first mark on a substrate but once I get going I ride the wave for as long as I can. I work slowly, and perhaps a bit too deliberately--I've been working on coloring outside the lines for decades. But I create to be true to myself and that is the best I can do. I work when the muse allows - sometimes it's a game of hide and seek and the muse always does the hiding.

I had the pleasure recently of taking part in an exhibit that celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Dada movement. Dada Lives took place at the University of Cincinnati's Blue Ash Gallery from April to June this year, and two of my collages were featured in the maiden publication of MetaDada: The International Journal of Dada Mining. This first issue was produced in conjunction with the exhibit, and celebrates the centennial of the first true Dada journal, Cabaret Voltaire. Of all the things that have happened in my art career this is one of the most exciting because it was the curator who invited me to participate. I used to wish I had been born during the early 20th century so I could be part of that movement, but now I am. I've waited a long time to feel this sense of gratification.

And on I go.

Shawn Marie Hardy, Collage-a-Dada