Roughhewn People Artist Profile: Shauna Lee Lange

February 1, 2017

Name:  Shauna Lee Lange

Piece in the Show: Hole In My Heart & Human Cycles

Primary Medium: large-scale watercolor abstracts in neo-pointillism

Where are you from?

I am originally from New England and spent many years working in metropolitan Washington, D.C. prior to moving to coastal Florida in 2011.

 What background do you have in art? 

I am a self-taught exhibiting artist.  I  hold over 10 years professional art advisory experience and have many certifications in donor relations, collections development, appraisals, auction, and other visual, fine, and craft art arenas.  I regularly teach art journaling, drawing, sketching, and art camp workshops.  I participate on the national scale for art advocacy.

What role, if any, do artists have in social justice? 

Artists are one of the leading voices in social justice because artists help us reframe, reimagine, and revision not only the what was, or the what is, but more importantly, the what can be.

What inspires your creative work the most?

I am most inspired by issues of faith, belief, spirituality, and nature in examining intersections and interdependencies.  When we look at art, what we dislike can be MORE inspiring because it causes a reaction.  Of course, beauty and aesthetic are compelling always, but the work that strikes with authentic originality is very motivating.

What themes do you most pursue?

Themes of personal geographies and how we move, live, and grow through our experiences.  How we learn, how we effect change.  How we’re connected and interdependent and what that looks like on the macro and micro level are compelling themes.

How have other artists influenced your work? 

I am partial to work which demonstrates throughput of thought.  Hiroyuki Doi and Yayoi Kusama are two artists working in themes of the circular, often rendered in excruciating detail.  They exhibit the Asian aesthetic of beauty in clean simplicity and I find resonance and awe in that.

How do you see your work engaging people? 

Because much of my initial background in art was in Washington, D.C., I was gifted with the ability to immerse in color theory and color school traditions and techniques, especially given the range of available museums.  Although the circle form and it’s innumerable renderings are at the heart of my work, color and communication in how they inter-relate are always foremost in my mind and are what ultimately I trust will attract the viewer.

What memorable responses have you had to your work? 

The best response is when one is rendering an artwork in public and a child asks if they can participate and try to draw.  When art extends beyond the artist’s vision to encourage the artistic spirit of a child, that to me is magic.  They instantly recognize, this is something I can do – draw a circle.  And I truly want to serve as confirmation wherever possible.  Absolutely yes, you can!

What is your dream project? 

My dream project would be something along the lines of developing an art environment, which is more than a singular piece, and more than a collection of pieces.  Art environments extend beyond public installation art or even street or mural art.  They can be immersive and life altering.  To have the ability to create that for others would be performance art of the highest realm.

Do you have any upcoming or current shows you are in other than this one? 

Yes, I am presently showing plein air watercolor works at the Hermitage Artist Retreat (a division of Ringling College of Art & Design) in Sarasota, FL and a collage based on community progressive/sequential art at Englewood Art Center (also a division of Ringling College of Art & Design) in Englewood, FL.  We just finished showing at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA and we are awaiting final decision in several exhibitions nationwide.

How can people support artists and creatives well? 

Art and money are two historically counter-intuitive and counter-focus processes.  If you care for the arts, you simply must support not only artists themselves in purchasing works you love, but also support organizations and causes dedicated to the advancement of art.  Invite us over for dinner, too.  Most of us can’t be bothered to cook.  

Ask. Listen. Journey

Ask. Listen. Journey is an art exhibition event that seeks to articulate suffering and injustice, wrestling with our role in the healing process and working towards peace. The opening gala is Saturday, February 4th, 2017 and the art show will hang throughout the month.  Ask. Listen. Journey is created by South Park Church, Park Ridge, Illinois’s worship arts ministerial group Roughhewn People.

Roughhewn People, under the creative direction of Adam Nelson and his team, exists to encourage and celebrate one’s creativity as they expand intentional living and creative expression beyond what might be obvious. To that end they strive to make invisible moments visible by sharing this sense of purpose with all who appreciate the beauty and richness of creative forms of self-expression.

Roughhewn People as a ministry speaks to the unfinished and imperfect elements of our lives. The work speaks to the truth that we are a work in progress.  The group is multi-faceted with a mix of creative desires. They want to breathe life into our daily routine. They want to awaken our hearts and inspire others to live and worship creatively. They desire to live in such a way that reflects a lifestyle of creativity and gratitude. How we live matters. What we do with our resources matters. Intentional living is at the heart of Roughhewn People.

At the heart of the ministry’s events are celebrations of creativity. This includes artists, dancers, musicians, poets, writers, photographers, illustrators, graphic artists, sculptors, and others who find joy in the creative expression of their hands.  In addition to jurying in two abstract watercolor works by Shauna Lee LangeAsk. Listen. Journey will feature Damon Powell, an artist and theologian who primarily works in scratchboard.

The exhibition location is at the FAIR Foundation offices in Schaumburg, IL, 2010 E Algonquin Rd #206, Schaumburg, IL 60173. FAIR students have submitted a group piece for this show, so it was fitting that the connection would be made to display the artwork there. The Event will be from 6-8pm, for those of you in the Chicagoland area, we’d love it if you could attend the show and join in with the dancers in a Q&A about your artwork. 

South Park Church began in the early 1940’s as an outreach to children coupled with an adult Bible study. Throughout their history they have retained a strong commitment to the authority of the Bible and the need for a personal relationship with Jesus. The non-denominational church has been known as a place that values families with great ministries for kids and youth.  SPC, under the direction of Senior Pastor Eric Flood,  is a  longstanding member of the National Association of Evangelicals. They also pursue a wide range of partnerships with ministries around the world that serve as the hands and feet of Jesus.