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Lila Shull

Education: Winthrop University (BFA)

I interpret my prints as narratives that tell a cohesive story with a definitive beginning and end. My art is rooted in a combination of urban legend and folklore inspired by living in the religiously stout, Deep South. It is a personal exploration of the joining of theology and Native American record, with a strong focus of the southeastern region of the United States. I juxtapose animals in their natural environment with current environmental consequences, and societies’ development that is intrusive on nature. I include modern technologies, which are sometimes depicted as destructive behavior such as crashing, or exploding which represent the finite existence and negative impacts I have experienced. I am not creating work to provide the viewer an impression of good vs. bad, but rather an art piece that illustrates a singular view of the world that they might be able to draw a personal deeper understanding from.

Lila Shull was born in Idaho but raised in North Augusta, South Carolina. She received her BFA in printmaking and painting from Winthrop University in 2011. Upon graduating she was hired as a press operator for The Half and Half, a well-known fine art screen-printing shop located in Columbia, South Carolina. She continued to quietly make her work on the weekends and after hours, displaying her work at the Columbia Museum of Art, Arts and Heritage Center in Rock Hill and local galleries in the Upstate. In 2014 she then moved to Charleston where she became the shop manager and sole press operator at Sideshow Press, a custom letterpress company. Lila has stayed in practice by being involved in multiple print exchanges and most recently was selected to exhibit her work at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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