Sheila Ghidini in /digital room/
Note by Guest Juror Dorothy Santos
Ghidini’s experiments in spatial perception and interiors in her work #intothenearnessofdistance conjures up a practice of conceptual architecture and object-making in an enthralling manner. Her work is a direct response to the mandate of self-isolating and the inability to experience interiors and exteriors outside of our own spaces. It’s a social, visual, and architectural experiment using a digital, social platform to play and explore the concept of infrastructure in a time we are unable to be physically present with one another, which I found inspiring and thought-provoking.
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. Sheila was an artist-in residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts and The American Academy in Rome. 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.