Shannon Slaight-Brown (b.1982) received her BFA in ceramics and a BA in studio arts in 2013 from Illinois State University. The following year she attended a Post-Baccalaureate program at the University Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a MFA candidate at Virginia Commonwealth studying in the Craft/Materials Department. The origin of her sculptures begins with the relationships she observes to have a modulated existence with the environment, human interactions, nature, and life. These types of patterns interest her because they have their own discrete visual languages and modes of communication. At times, they allude to a sense of harmony, conflict, or transcendence.