My ongoing art loves span experimental and often collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches. I weave performances, site-specific events, visual installations and dance for film from the threads of dreams, imaginations and embodied longings. My creative practice is rooted in tender and deeply cherished relationships with other artists and creative folks. I offer audiences immersive art experiences that they’re invited to dive deep into and make themselves at home in. I make art because that is the essential way in which I grapple with inherent mysteries and ambiguities in life. I am passionate about resilient and evolving ways to share and support art in my communities.
My current research and practices embody the fluidity and uncertainty of the moment, the visceral thrill of movement, and the beauty in both the patterns and chaos that are happening all around us all the time. Self and surrounding environments as kindred bodies. The visual and kinetic converse. What is subtle and detailed accumulates quietly over time. The exquisite pairing of presence and absence. What is seen as well as what is invisible to the eye, but still palpable. What we conceal and reveal as human beings. The mutable nature of identity. I invite others to also contemplate and engage their curiosities.
Sharon Mansur is an SWANA/Arab American dance and interdisciplinary experimental artist, educator, curator, and community mover and shaker based in Keoxa/Winona, Mni Sota Makoce/Minnesota, in Dakota country. Her creative practices weave movement making, improvisation, visual environments, food, screendance, audience participation and site-situated/responsive art to offer multi-sensory and immersive experiences rooted in body, imagination and environment. She loves creating artistic opportunities for people from all walks of life to connect and engage. Sharon has received support from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, the Winona Fine Arts Commission and Springboard for the Arts. She was also a 2019-20 National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow.
Sharon is currently the director of The Cedar Tree Project, presenting and amplifying regional, national and international creative voices from the SWANA/Arab diaspora to increase understanding and empathy through artistic exchange. She also teaches dance at St. Mary’s University, and is certified in massage therapy and craniosacral therapy.