Free Format Friday: Meet Shannon Bering
Humility and humour go hand-in-hand for Shannon Bering. "I feel reluctant calling what I make 'art' because I’ve seen real art and what I do is nowhere near it", she says, as she produces an illustration that leaves her peers in awe.
I. A superhero - Born
A second year Masters' student in our Data Science programme, Shannon always had an eye for detail. Her earliest memory of artistic expression was her drawing a GameBoy Color on her letter to Santa for Christmas (Spoiler Alert: She never did get that GameBoy).
II. Tools that shape an artist
My sister and I would take turns drawing straight lines and colouring adjacent spaces differently and calling it 'abstract art'. We even had the nerve to set it as our desktop wallpaper. Kids.
III. Did someone say coding?
"One of the reasons I don’t consider myself an artist is that I don’t really have a distinct style. Most of what I draw sort of mimics the style of one artist or another."
IV. Why now?
"So why do I still do it, even after all these casualties and self-teardowns? Art is beautiful, and I guess it’s only human to aspire to make something beautiful."
There’s something about having the chance to create something so wonderful to behold, that people wouldn’t want to change it. She might not call what she makes art, but that won’t stop her from trying until she can.
Shannon is a Master in our Data Science programme. Check out her Github, or swing by Harbour.Space to say hello.