Sharon Byrne

Sharon Byrne is interested in the formation of light-forms and likens their fleeting nature to memory and perceptions. In paintings, she uses metal and other reflective materials to continue a journey in the observation of light and its provocations after the work has left the studio. Crossing over observed and invented spaces, Byrne also makes explorations through drawings, printmaking, sculpture and photography.


An horizon-less expanse that denies a distinction of planes is often the Thames Estuary, where the artist grew up in a Leigh-on-Sea fishing family. Intensity of colour suggested by its very absence, a white hot band of silver light, a curl of a wave or a trickle through the mudflats may be present in selective recalls. Light refracting on the sea, the push and pull of the tide could be indicative of how we discern experiences and store them in our memory banks.


Research more recently has followed the artist's tracing of her birth family. In this undertaking, it has become evident that one person's 'truth' or memory varies, shifts and changes, as in the fleeting nature of light and its forms.