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Cropped version of an abstract work of art by Shannon Dybvig

Abstraction and Surrealism of Emotion

Explore the nuance of emotion through abstract and surreal art. My recent abstract work has made extensive use of inkwash and layering lines, shapes and textures. It is my intention to evoke different states of emotion, as well as give the viewer a place to linger, rest, and explore. So often we view a piece of art for only a few seconds, take the meaning, and move on. With these abstract works, I invite the viewer to take a moment of respite and to sit with themself. Art can be a meditative experience, one in which we better get to know ourselves.

I have also constructed a series of Surreal works, in which I seek to express psychological states through a record of the psychosomatic experience I relate to it. Oftentimes I find that I experience unexpected pain or pressure in my body, feelings of detachment, which are best conveyed through visual depiction rather than words. So many emotions have a strong physical aspect to them, though we don't necessarily speak to those sensations when we discuss (or more often, dismiss) our feelings.

Other Works by Shannon Dybvig

Cover for UPGRADE, a short scifi comic Cover for Storm Warning, an abstract feminist comic Cover for The Right Joe, a short comic anti-romance

Recent News

Thanks SLPL Comic Con 2017, and book info

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Comic Con at St. Louis Public Library on the 29th! I had an absolute blast, and it was great to connect with everyone who dropped by my table. It was thrilling to speak with so many comics readers and the general energy of the show was lovely. Shout out to the SLPL Central Branch for putting on such a wonderful show! I hope to be back next year. To anyone who wasn't able to attend or otherwise pick up a book, all of my books are available at Subculture in Maplewood, and I expect to have them available to purchase on the site soon as well. If you drop by Subculture, tell them I sent you! Keep an eye out here or on Twitter for an announcement of the online store.

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