Shelley Gilchrist

Rockford 2016 Midwestern Biennial Exhibition
Sarah Krepp, Juror
Rockford Art Museum
Rockford, IL
June 10 - September 25

Making Nature
Shencheng Xu, Deanna Krueger, Jurors
Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Gallery
Chicago, IL
June 6 - July 15

• Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century (E. Ashley Rooney, ed.), available here
• Studio Visit, Volume 31 (Mary M. Tinti, juror)

• Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome
• First Place Award - Rockford 2014 Midwestern Biennial
(William Lieberman, juror)

In my sculptural paintings, curvilinear motifs and rhythmic ribbons of saturated color create a sense of motion and energy. Features of the natural world – specific scenes and landscapes – inspire me to use these organic design elements to convey the strong impressions that I retain as precise details fade from memory.

Working with organic shapes and moving lines has also led me further into abstraction, to exploring line and color as subjects in themselves. In paper sculptures, simple wavy lines gain power and mystery as shadows are developed through accretion, and on three-dimensionally shaped surfaces, painted straight lines become dynamic. Vivid and unexpected colors are prevalent throughout my body of work.

"Shelley Gilchrist . . . defies the boundaries of the rectangle and square, as her shaped grounds and surface design convey rhythms, organic patterns, land formation, and water motion."
--Kim Bernard, Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century

above: Et Tu, Blue? details