Sheila Ghidini-Visual Artist

The Transparency of Shadows - Wall Drawing 32 2022

This sculpture is comprised of reassembled parts of found furniture, graphite + chalk drawing of cast shadows, thread and map pins. The cast shadows and negative spaces are the catalyst for the rearrangement of the forms. I'm interested in these two absences and compelled to make a presence from them.

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. She was an artist-in residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts and The American Academy in Rome summer program. 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 has taught art in schools throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco State University, University of California Berkeley, San Francisco Art Institute, and California College of the Arts.

My work is about structure, space, geometry, and memory. For years, I have worked with the mini architecture of the chair, both two and three-dimensionally. I find the chair form compelling, as a marker in space, as a symbol of presence and absence, and as a fundamental architectural form. The structure of a chair embodies in miniature the elements of architecture, including the potential to hold memory.

In this series of works, found chairs have been reconfigured with special attention paid to negative spaces and cast shadows. Graphite drawn illusionary shadows play against real shadows. What’s lost, missing or hidden is as much, if not more, a part of the work as what is tangibly present.