Shirley Greer is a printmaker and book artist living
and working in Pasadena, Newfoundland, Canada.
Shirley received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual) from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2003, and was the recipient of the University Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. In 2009 she received a Master ofArts Degree from the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland, where her research focused on book arts.
Shirley's prints and books have been exhibited in juried and
invitational shows in Canada, the US, Lithuania, Denmark,Germany, Sweden,
South Korea and Italy. She has completed residencies at Memorial University
of Newfoundland, at St Michael's Printshop in St John's, NL and
at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy where she also taught workshops.
Most recently Shirley has taught printmaking and drawing in the Visual Arts Program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Shirley has received supporting grants for her work from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her work is held in teaching, public and private collections throughout Canada, and has been published in journals.
all images copyright of the artist
My art always reflects my life in one way or another, and is frequently related to notions of home - home as house, as place, as country, as comfort/discomfort. I try (but am not always successful) to avoid nostalgia.
I have inherited many letters, photographs and documents from both known and unknown ancestors which I combine with contemporary practices to make work that is time-based, intimate and relevant. Although deeply personal, I strive to make the work universal. My media of choice are printmaking and book arts, but it is the latter that offers the most satisfying means of expression - the options are vast and inevitably the right format will emerge for a particular piece of work.
Shirley Greer - 2013