Lost (anchor)

Lost (Anchor). Found object. 2010

I have been thinking recently about the inventory of symbols which I have slowly been amassing. This has happened almost without me noticing, but I now have the beginnings of a rich collection.

I find myself reusing symbols to illustrate my ideas when making new work. For example, a heart has come to represent death, and by contrast also life; anchors represent hope and the loss of hope. The symbols in my inventory have become the building blocks from which

I construct work. This ridged structure suits my style of working, which always searches for rules and boundaries, creating a set of rules, or framework, in which I can work. This is both beneficial and restrictive. They force me to be methodical, and to think and find solutions.

I very much see my work as allegorical. I hope that people will find their own meanings in my work, and interpret the symbols in their own way. This may be superficial, enjoying (or of course hating) a piece for its aesthetic value alone, or they may find a deeper meaning with a piece by understand the significance of the symbolism used.

Coming to realise this has helped me to better understand how I like to work. It seems strange, but by being so close to my own work, I do not really realise what I am doing. Taking a step back in this way, and assessing my methods will help me to move forward. It has also helped me to think about breaking my own rules in future works.

About Sharon Mossbeck

Sharon Mossbeck is a conceptual artist based in Sheffield. Mossbeck's work focuses on themes of death and religion, often presented in a vibrant, hedonistic manner. While based on themes of death, her work is more easily read as a celebration of life while questioning what may happen beyond. Mossbeck works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture using found objects, photography and textiles. Available for commissions.
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