About Me and My Work

I’m an obsessive artist (since birth) working primarily in sculpture, painting and digital media. I have a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and have shown work (mostly in San Francisco and Denver) but mostly I’ve kept to myself artistically, exploring my obsessions and refining my vision and methods.

I’ve always been fascinated with world art and mythology and for about the last ten years I’ve been concentrating on exploring and defining a personal mythology and “history” while honoring and referencing existing world art traditions. . For that reason I refer to my work as Neo-Mythic and see myself as a creator of artifacts that never were.

For the last several years I’ve been preoccupied with dolls: I see them as a long under appreciated art form with virtually unlimited expressive possibilities. I’m inspired by traditional world art figures (kachina, bochia, nkisi, namchi, shadow puppets, etc.) while working to push the boundaries of what a “doll” is as far as my imagination and skills will take it.

These are not comforting toys; they can be challenging and defiant, disturbing and enchanting, irrational and frightening, beautiful and sad. They have stories they yearn to tell, and they hold secrets they will never give up. I like to think of dolls as spirit vessels and the making of a doll a kind of offering or invitation. It’s always a collaboration between me and whatever spirit comes forward.

Lately I’ve felt it is time to come out of my shell and start finding an audience for my work, so here I am. I hope you will find something to connect with here –that touches you in some way, and I would love to hear what you think.

Many of my works are available for purchase at my online Etsy Shop
and my official website is www.shainerin.com

Thanks so much for stopping by

-Shain

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5 Responses to “About Me and My Work”

  1. I’m intrigued by your work and especially like the idea of artifacts from cultures that never existed. Doll imagery is so psychologically charged. Doing my work along the Ohio River, I find many, many discarded dolls. Stumbling across one is sometimes like visiting a CSI scene. Although I have lots of photographic images of these dolls..I still haven’t posted them on my blog, but I do make figurative work from found Styrofoam. If you are curious, here’s my link: http://artistatexit0.wordpress.com/….. thanks, Al

  2. Love the dolls. Very nice work.

  3. thanks for sharing these dolls here in Maine. I am doing a short
    write up of the show in Farmington on the Poe theme. I hung about
    Annabelle Lee for a while. Megee.

  4. I love your work! It’s amazing!

  5. your work is….aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh. the best!!!!!!!!!!!

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