About the Artist
This piece belongs to the series Counterbalance in a Swinging Galaxy. These oil paintings were created through a process of combining gesture drawings from photos of Galaxies with the rhythm of swing and blues music. The major shapes and forms of the galaxy images were quickly and roughly sketched in, then the reference images were removed and Shepard worked from only the emotions elicited from the rhythm of the music.
Shepard's works draw heavily from her academic background in Philosophy. Considering art and philosophy the same intellectual endeavor, her works constantly come back to the ideas of identity and liberation. She believes artists in the 21st century have a moral obligation to promote self and societal liberation. They do so by allowing viewers to engage with their own identity and the identity of others. As such she believes art should be most valued for the accessibility it provides to the creative process.
To think like an artist in all of one's life endeavors is to think critically, confront differences in perception and understanding, be vulnerable, make active choices, experience and create truth, and lastly empower one's self with identity.