Inspiration At Andersenville
The theme of this 2008 show the participatiing artists were challenged to find inspiration in the classic works that were part of the museum's collection. Sharon's was caught by a cast iron seal that in turn recalled the concept of classification of species and its employ by the famous Seventeenth century Swedish scientist , Carl Linneaus who was the father of Taxomomy.
"I thought about what an imprint Linneaus has had upon science and the world in general. I decided to make a plant-like printer that would print important aspects of his life"
A drawing of the museum's artifact was made and subsequent drawings morphed the shape into a fanciful plantform 'printer'. A ceramic sculpture was then created based on the drawings. Six clay disks were carved and were in turn used to make printed impressions upon a rice paper scroll. One of the designs upon a clay disk recalled Linneaus's favorite flower that is named in honor of him, "Linneaus Borealis". This is the only species in its genus and happens to be 'circumboreal' being found in the cool regions of both the 'Old' and 'New 'World.