In the limbo between the waking world and sleep, exists the land of Hypnos—a realm where nature spirits, imaginary friends, muses and shadow-things roam. Working primarily with clay, found objects, and soft sculpture, Shamona Stokes gives shape to a ceramic caravan of idols and totems that inhabit this dreamworld.
Her sculptures are inspired by the quiet of meditation and the magic of imagination. Archetypes of the psyche, mythic characters, and symbols of the collective unconscious serve as guides in her exploration of the subconscious. She blends these elements together and what emerges are the playful re-imaginings of ancient and sacred things.
Born 1980, Piscataway, NJ
Lives and works in Jersey City, NJ
2015-2017, Continuing Education in Ceramics, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY
2002, BFA Magna Cum Laude, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
upcoming solo exhibition
Fall 2020, 20/20 House, Landsdowne, PA
"THE MOTHERSHIP", Deep Space Gallery, Jersey City, NJ | July 12-Aug 2
"DEFINING FORM", The Untitled Space, NY, NY | July 11-Aug 1
"Mother and Child" Benefit to Support Immigrant Families",
Sponsored by SUGARLIFT Gallery, NY, NY | July 9
“Zip, Bang, Pop! Run! It’s The Cops!: Contemporary Pop Art"
National Invitational Exhibition, HUE Gallery, Wichita, KS | June 19-July 24
Allouche Gallery, NY, NY, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series
Sponsored by Artsy + Scope Miami | Oct 19-25
Summer Show 2016, Rough Draft, Brooklyn, NY | June
Superfine! Art Fair, NY, NY | May 2-6
Clio Art Fair, NY, NY | March 8-11
publications & awards
2017, ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner in the Sculpture Category
2002, CMYK Magazine
2002, American Illustration 22
2011, The Art Institute of New York, NY, NY