"When you are a kid, your main influence is your environment, but you don't know that until you grow up and start finding out about yourself."
- Pharrell Williams
Sharon McCaman was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. She began pursuing her dance degree at St. Petersburg College where she earned her AA. She then went on to receive her BFA in Dance at the University of South Florida in Tampa. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Sharon founded the annual Dance Shorts: College Film Festival. Sharon continues to fill the role of artistic director for the festival that is now in its sixth year. Sharon recently graduated from Arizona State University, where she obtained her MFA in Dance, Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance. While at Arizona State University her research was focused on discovering innovative ways to combine dance and technology. This included: investigating the manner in which the body interacts with technology, developing technology as a pedagogical tool for dance, and combining dance and technology in creative and artistic practices.
Provoked by her thirst for knowledge, she yearns to create work that will challenge, grow, and inform her ideas. It is from this place of continued self-exploration that she approaches the process of creating art. She is an interdisciplinary artist who works with a multitude of different media including, but not limited to, classical and contemporary movement techniques, digital media design, projection design, production design, sculpture, live video manipulation, real-time processing, and sensor technologies. She creates work that prioritizes the body and physical movement as well as the crafting of physical materials and the manipulation of technology. Aesthetically, her work often includes components of repetition and accumulation, while still leaving room for agency and interactivity, both for herself and for others.
Sharon is adjunct faculty at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida and is working as a freelance interdisciplinary artist, teacher, and designer. She is also working on a collaborative project with the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas where she is building and performing in, Atmosphere, an interactive art installation and performance for very young children. Atmosphere will be open to the public at Lawrence Arts Center from January 10 through February 22 with ticketed performances occurring at select times each week.