SHARON KOPRIVA (b. 1948)
photo: courtesy of the artist        "Why Death?"

Sharon Kopriva is dedicated to making sense out of death and inspiring her audience to reexamine this taboo subject. She feels a special affinity for the many artists, including Francisco de Goya and Edvard Munch, who have dealt with the troubling reality of mortality. For Kopriva, death does not mean an end; it is life's corollary and plays an equal role in defining human existence.

Kopriva's work is influenced by many different cultures and traditions: her Catholic upbringing, experiences with Latino and African-American communities in Houston, a fascination with ancient Egyptian rites, and the religious practices of indigenous Peruvian peoples. Distilling and refining all of these elements, Kopriva achieves a distinctive yet eerily familiar synthesis of metaphysical ideas.