Shawn Olin Jordan is an interdisciplinary artist whose work seeks to unravel and examine the vast and varied nature of human experience. Shawn’s portfolio is, as such, multi-faceted, including performance, painting, installation, and everything in between.
I’m intrigued by Shawn’s recent project Caves of Detritus -- in this five minute video, the viewer is taken on a journey through a mysterious alien landscape. An accompanying series of photographs, titled Subterranean Circus, comprises abstracted imagery that gives the viewer the impression of moving slowly through a cave or some other interior. There’s a sense of foreboding in these images, but also of adventure and discovery -- themes which are common throughout both Shawn’s portfolio, and, undoubtedly, lived experience in general.
Many of Shawn’s works explore this idea of a journey. Sometimes the idea is presented through esoteric means, and other times, like in her painted series Going, the notion of forward movement is presented in a way that’s almost universally relatable.