Sheila Ghidini's work is about spatial relationships, structure, and memory. By mapping metric spaces, using a kind of isometry, she is representing multiple levels of space, simultaneously. Drawn spaces are rotated, reflected, translated, and layered, integrating the negative spaces, the spaces of overlap, and the cast shadows into a kind of visual haiku.
Chairs are a reoccurring image in Sheila Ghidini's work both two and three dimensionally. She finds the basic structure of a chair and its rudimentary relationship to architectural space compelling. Found chairs and other pieces of furniture often become starting points for sculptural objects and installations. Chairs are markers in space and can become signifiers for place and location.
Sheila Ghidini was born in Connecticut. She attended Hartford Art School, University of Hartford and did graduate work at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. 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 completed a number of public art projects in the Bay Area and beyond. She presently resides in San Francisco and has taught art throughout the Bay Area, including University of California, Berkeley, California College of Arts, San Francisco State University and University of California Extensions.
-We are pleased to announce that Sheila's work has been recently acquired by the De Young Museum.
-Sheila is part of the Svane Family Foundation one million dollar investment in 100 Bay Area artist. The works will be in a curated auction through Ark from September 16 thru September 30.