Shannon Cannings is known for her pop-inspired paintings that render the sweetness of childhood with a sour note. Plastic toy guns are brightly rendered in a delectable palate reminiscent of a nostalgic and forbidden hard candy. The ominous undertones of these works question the innocence of childhood games, highlighting their tendency to normalize violence at a young age.
“The names of the pieces are things that I think about being a happy veneer for something that carries a great consequence,” says Cannings. “Like Friendly Fire, that sounds like a game you play with a hose in your backyard; it doesn’t sound as horrible as it really is.”
Shannon Cannings was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Shannon is currently an adjunct instructor in the Foundation Program at the School of Art at Texas Tech.
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