Hurricane Season #2 2018
graphite on mylar with gouache
Sheila Ghidini was born in Connecticut. She attended Hartford Art School, University of Hartford and did graduate work at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She completed an M.F.A. in sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving the Sylvan and Pam Coleman Memorial Fellowship. Sheila was an artist-in residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts and The American Academy in Rome. She has received grants from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, the Krasner-Pollack Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Marcelle Labaudt Memorial Fund, Rockefeller Foundation and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Sheila is presently represented by Chandra Cerrito Contemporary in Oakland, California.
Statement about work:
My creative practice takes two forms, sculpture/installation and drawing. In each of these media, consideration of space is paramount. The space around things, in between things, that area called negative space in the vocabulary of the visual arts language, holds my attention. This emptiness seems full to me, so I seek to make it visible.
Chairs have become a leitmotif over the years, beginning shortly after undergraduate school. They represent presence and absence simultaneously for me. I'm drawn to working with this micro architecture that not only references structure and space, but also place.
Layered into my musings of space and light (or the absence of it) is an attempt to find metaphor and meaning in a world that seems to have gone haywire.