As a photographer, Shira Gold seeks to isolate images of stillness and beauty from complicated and painful moments. “My art is alert to the discomfort we all face in our daily lives,” she explains, “but I want to turn pain and angst on its side to discover the beauty that accompanies our struggles.” Drawing on her relationships as a daughter and a mother, Shira’s work explores experiences of grief, embodiment, discovery, and wonder.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shira has spent most of her life immersed in fine arts. However, when her mother became seriously ill, she left her style and textile career to become her mother’s primary caregiver. During this time, Shira wrote her book Choosing Joy’s Empowerment Index, a meditation on navigating chronic illness through self-advocacy and mind/body work.
When she lost her mother, Shira recognized the need to reclaim her visual voice, and she returned to her camera soon after becoming a parent. The series “Reflect, Transform, Become” documents the transformative, complex experience of being a motherless mother, and earned her an Honorable Mention in the 2016 International Photography Awards.
Shira’s most recent body of work is an eight-piece series entitled “Good Grief,” a collection of landscape portraits that serve as a visual dissertation of her movements through loss. This work has earned her recognition in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards (Honourable Mention), the Fine Art Photo Awards (Nominee), the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series (Semi-finals) and the Lensculture Art Photography Awards (Finalist).
Shira’s work has been exhibited in several brick and mortar galleries in British Columbia, Washington, Italy, Greece, California, South Carolina as well as Alberta, Texas and Spain in the fall. She is a member of Carfac and the all-female artist collective, Thrive Art Studios.