Shannon Berry is a New York-based, California born visual artist and performer whose love for connection is the source of her work’s pulse. It wasn’t until her pursuing commercial dance in her Los Angeles hometown for several years with no real sense of purpose did she begin to explore her love for the visual. While studying Media Arts & Animation at the Art Institute of California - Hollywood she was able to see the effect of her work, not only on herself but, on others. This change in perspective led to her fearless and active pursuit of her motto: ‘Do it now. Make corrections later’. This mindset is what propelled her as a burgeoning visual artist to display her work in group and solo exhibitions in commercial and retail galleries in the Los Angeles area.
By seeking the journey of art she discovered a journey led by God which transformed her and resulted in her deciding to know Jesus Christ. This taking off of self and putting on of Christ showed clearly in her work and spoke a language many were intrigued by, so much so she was accepted to Parsons The New School for Design in New York City where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. While at Parsons Berry’s work morphed from the personal to the people, never straying from the common theme of purpose, which led to her highly regarded cumulative Thesis work OPEN SPACES. OPEN FACES. Though aesthetically inspired by her love and affinity for dance, the work which chronicles the lives of the all-too-familiar strangers of New York City clearly moves like Berry explains as “dancing on paper” using disconnected lines and expressions thru compositions of photography, illustration and digital media. Whether on paper thru lines operating as a natural extension of her body or her physical body as the live tool, her focus is on the unfocused, seeking that which there is a need to see.