New work! Artist Statement 6 (details)
41st Annual Juried Exhibition
Juror: Grace Graupe-Pillard
January 18 - March 15, 2020
Reception: January 18, 5-7 PM
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