Hypnagogia is that magical consciousness just before you fall asleep. It can also refer to the moments just after you wake up as you come around from a dream. Imagery, sounds and feelings lose a logical structure while they retain poignancy and balance.

Sharon Cavagnolo’s work in “Hypnagogia” is complex, intricate, and finely detailed. Her spaces-lushly patterned and bathed in half-light-are a journey into the infinite. Cavagnolo makes free association part of her process and is a collector of random bits of ephemera, which become building blocks for the spaces she inhabits. “It will seem,” she says, “that disaster has struck, until the images come together.” The balance she achieves creates a picture of “an alternate and often very strange other-world.”

  • Communal Living, Gouache on board, 30" x 24"

Sharon Cavagnolo”s work has been exhibited in Connecticut and New York. She earned her BFA in illustration and design at the Parsons School of Design, and has worked as a textile designer. Cavagnolo did postgraduate work at the Pratt Institute, New York University, and the Isabel Oâ??Neil studio where she won the Journeyman Award. She also studied with Larry Rivers, Elaine de Kooning, and Jane Wilson.