Shamona Stokes, American b. 1980 in New Jersey, USA lives and works in Jersey City, NJ.
Shamona holds a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY (2002). Her sculptures explore the liminal worlds between wake & sleep and the archetypes of the subconscious mind. After beginning a meditation practice in 2016, she transitioned from graphic designer to full-time artist, creating a full body of work in just a year and a half using a medium she'd never used before (ceramic!).
Shamona is the great-granddaughter of Satyananda Stokes (Samuel Evans Stokes), a young American missionary who lived part of his life as a wandering monk in the Himalayas before aiding the Indian people in their fight for independence. Like her great-grandfather, meditation plays a large role in both her life and creative process.
She presented her first body of sculpture, entitled “Hypnos”, at Allouche Gallery, NY this past October as one of the regional semi-finalists in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. Shamona also presented works at the Clio Art Fair during Armory Week (2018)and recently at the Superfine! Art Fair during Frieze Week (2018). Last year, she was chosen by guest curator Jodi Throckmorton of The Pennyslvania Academy of the Fine Arts for a solo show at the 20*20 Gallery (Lansdowne, PA) slated for 2020.
Her work is a testimonial to the power of meditation to unravel deep-rooted creative blocks by tapping into imaginative worlds.