Sharon is a queer independent scholar, writer, and educator working in arts, activism, politics, and cultural histories. Their areas of interest are in philosophy, divination, journeying, ritual, and connection to a meaningful ancestral practice in reciprocity and right relationship with the land. They approach this work through the examination of capitalist systems, community ecosystems, unsettling settler colonialism, and solidarity networks to support new paths forward. Descended from multiple Northern European-American lineages, they identify themselves as a person working within syncretic American folk traditions, primarily rooted in the study of Irish and Germanic traditions and folklore. While they’ve had a lifelong personal spiritual practice, their work has recently shifted towards more public-facing service with a committed devotion to community, land, and spirit.
Sharon has a BFA in studio arts from Cornish College of the Arts with a focus on critical theory and cultural criticism. They co-teach a monthly Plant Medicine Lab and the year-long Earth Medicine Practitioner Training Program with Madrona House founder Vanessa Ainslie. In the past year, they've completed Lora O’Brien’s Ogham Journeys course, as well as their year-long Cóir Mentorship Program through the Irish Pagan School, a program designed to assist mentees through extensive and rigorous course programs centered around Irish traditional practices, folklore, and history. They continue to learn from mentors and colleagues across their various communities, as well as an ever growing library of books, academic papers, blogs, and websites. In addition to teaching at Madrona House, they are currently in their third year as an adjunct instructor in the art department at Cornish College of the Arts, with an emphasis on the ethics and practicum of curatorial and exhibition practices; as well as production of the annual Cornish BFA exhibition. They are currently working on a long term project examining the Pacific Northwest’s regional arts ecosystems over the last twenty years, small pieces of which are regularly published on Dimensions Variable.