Different Strokes (details), included in the Global Village exhibition this fall
IMPACT Color/IMPACT Black & White
The Art Center
Highland Park, IL
Rhonda K. Brown, Cesar Conde, Sheri Rush, Jurors
August 9 - October 2, 2019
Reception August 29, 5:30-7:30PM
South Haven Art Center
South Haven, MI
August 24 - September 21, 2019
CSI Exhibition at Veeck Gallery
Catholic Theological Union
September 16 - December 13, 2019
Reception October 20, 5-7PM
Best of Show
Design is a Verb!
Chicago Sculpture International 2018 Biennial
42nd Annual Beverly Arts Center Exhibition
Recent Interview in VoyageChicago
My work is featured:
• Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century (E. Ashley Rooney, ed.), available here
• Studio Visit Magazine includes my work each year, most recently in Volume 44, juried by Francine Weiss
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 prevail 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