Shamona Stokes artistic practice focuses on reconnecting to the inner child’s joyful sense of play without attachment to final outcomes. From 2016-2019, she worked primarily with ceramics to build a “family” of imaginary friends inspired by her subconscious mind. She found that clay was an easy entry-point to begin making artwork after a 16-year hiatus. In 2020, she began exploring 2D mixed media by painting the dreamworlds that her creatures might inhabit. The initial allure of ceramics was the spontaneous and magical ways in which the glazes mixed. Stokes's work is now being led by the materials and her imagination.