Conversations is a monographic collection of interviews focusing on an artist's drawing practice. For this first book, Sharka Hyland answers the questions of Marcelline Delbecq, two artists whose practices converge in their interest in writing, reading, images, and language. A discussion that fosters a unique look at Sharka Hyland's work.
Sharka Hyland was born in 1954 in Czechoslovakia. She received her MFA (in graphic design) from Yale University School of Art in 1988, studied art history at École du Louvre, Paris in 1992, and comparative literature at Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany in 1983. Hyland is a 2015 Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Grantee for her research proposal on David Foster Wallace's writing. In the same year she won the Civitella Ranieri Visual Arts Fellowship in Umbria, Italy. Sharka Hyland has participated in exhibitions in the US and Europe. She teaches in the Fine Arts and Visual Studies departments at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
After studying photography in Chicago (Columbia College) and New York (ICP), Marcelline Delbecq (born 1977, lives and works in Paris) graduated from the Beaux-Arts school in Caen (France), then received a masters degree in curatorial studies from Université de Paris X-Nanterre. She was in residency at Pavillon in Palais de Tokyo in 2005 and was the French resident at Triangle in Brooklyn in 2007-2008.
She has gradually moved away from photography to focus on the cinematic and photographic potential of writing through installations, films, readings and publications. She uses both narrative and narrator (the voice) to create an uncanny world where texts, turned into sound, generate mental images shifting from description to fiction, from past to present, documentary to fiction. question.