Sharon Walters is a London-based artist who creates hand-assembled collages celebrating black women.
The series entitled 'Seeing Ourselves'explores under-representation in many arenas, in particular, the Arts and Heritage sector and mainstream western media.
The work encourages us to 'take up space', be seen and create our own spaces.
‘Seeing Ourselves’ explores identity, beauty standards and race through papercuts and hand-assembled collage. Sharon creates pieces using both images from women’s magazines and photographs taken herself or provided by others. Each collage is carefully constructed, features a black woman and is a celebration of natural afro hair and its beauty.
So often blackness is represented as 'other'. Sharon provokes an alternative narrative of empowerment. Each piece is a reaffirmation of the right to ‘take up space’ even when you don’t see yourself in certain settings.
Since graduating with a degree in Fine Art from Central St Martins (University of the Arts) in 2011, Sharon has developed her practice and continued her work with community arts organisations and museums, using them as platforms to explore and collaborate with the voices of those who are often unheard.
All limited edition prints are signed and numbered, printed on beautiful hahnemuhle 308 gsm, archival quality art paper.