Sheila Ghidini-Visual Artist

Shelter in Space Drawing #36
One drawing in a series of drawings completed during shelter in place during Covid 19 in 2020. Each drawing in this series represents multiple, layered interior spaces. Linear perspective drawing creates an illusion of space. Finding vanishing points and setting up a composition based on points where all other points converge is the magic of spatial illusions developed by Brunellechi during the Renaissance.

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 a visiting artist-in-residence at 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 work is about spatial relationships. By mapping metric spaces on to one another, using a kind of isometry, I’m representing multiple layers and levels of space, simultaneously. Drawing and installation are my means of examining specific spaces. I rotate, reflect, and translate a space and layer it on top of other spaces, often integrating the shadow space and the spaces of overlap as elements.

Chairs are a reoccurring image in my work both two and three dimensionally. My interest in this mini architecture began before graduate school and has persisted. I find the basic structure of a chair and its rudimentary relationship to architectural space compelling. Found chairs often become starting points for sculptural objects and installations and my graphite drawings are layered studies of this structure as I fold it into itself or open it up. Chairs are markers of location in space and for me can become signifiers for place and symbols of culture.

Every part of a space contains knowledge of every other.
Bill Viola (notes from migrations 1976)