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MFA Candidate: Studio Arts

Shannon Webb was born and raised on the island of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi. There she attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree focusing in ceramics. She is currently a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics/ sculpture at the University of Montana.


My current body of work is a product of a funerary practice that I have created for moths. I collect their bodies, cremate them in handmade urns, and incorporate them into sculptures with the intent of sending them into a peaceful afterlife. Familiar themes are present within these sculptures: life & death, flora & fauna, and environmental awareness. I want to create works that emit the same qualities of wonder that I find in moths: a quiet presence, delicate details, and the flicker of life. I am fascinated by the subtle beauty of these overlooked creatures and I’m eager to learn more about them.