The following is the write up from the City of Novi, Michigan's website . My Phoenix Lady sculpture sits in the atrium of the Civic Center.
Baby Your Dreams
Inspired by the mythological Phoenix, this concrete mache sculpture of a woman holding a baby Phoenix represents how our dreams need to be protected from the fires of daily life. Cherish, nurture, baby your dreams.
As posted on the City of Novi Website ... Spring/Summer 2020 Shannon Timura is a professional mixed media artist and art educator who had the unique opportunity of being an artist in residence at Villa Barr in Spring/Summer of 2020. During this time, she completed a textile and concrete sculpture, “Baby Your Dreams” inspired by the mythological Phoenix. This bird is known for its ability to rise from the ashes of its past and start anew. The sculpture is of a woman cradling a baby Phoenix representing how our dreams need to be protected from the fires of daily life.
Shannon, originally from Michigan, now living in Ohio, truly enjoyed her time at Villa Barr. The beautiful park setting, and access to productive work studios allowed her to dream up new projects that will add to her existing body of work. Her goal in all her work is to incorporate positive symbolism that both educates and inspires viewers. Her method of concrete work incorporates upcycled materials to show that you can start wherever you are, with whatever is at hand. Her work carries the underlying message to simply face fear head on and bravely pursue your dreams. For this, she was named one of five “ Fearless Female Artists” in O Magazine after completing sculptural work for Proctor and Gamble’s Olay campaign.
Shannon Marie makes.... a lot. This is where I can explain what I am doing and why, show new work and ideas. ...and .... It is also a good place for me to just share the random thoughts that run through my head while I am creating. Enjoy the madness!