An installation reflecting on the overwhelming scale of displacement and migration in the present day. A hand-drawn map and researched routes most often traveled are indicated with extended red threads across territories, both watery and earthen. Relocation can be harrowing. It throws the stability associated with "home" into question. The chair references the domestic realm, seatless and split in half representing the gulf between past and present. What exists in between?
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.
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 visual art language, holds my attention. This assumed emptiness seems full to me, I try to draw attention to it.
Chairs are ubiquitous; ordinary objects that can represent presence and absence simultaneously. I’m drawn to working with this micro architecture that not only references structure and space, but also place. Alterations made on the basic structure of each chair, represent outside forces; personal, political and spiritual, which refigure the chair into something other than what it was. The stacked chair works (Domestic narratives) may look precarious, but they are pegged and glued at each overlap. Balance, is part of the equation in these reconstructions of material and idea.
Layered into these observations of form and space is an attempt to find metaphor and meaning in a world that seems to have gone haywire.