Featured Artist of the Week
“My sculptures deal with our links to the planet and our quest for meaningful interaction on a personal, cultural, and global level. Common threads exist on all levels of humanity, uniting us. We share deep concerns. Social and political barriers often disrupt our bonds. Our connections are vital and must be nourished, cultivated, and sustained.
The sculptures are created with materials and elements of the earth. The human form is explored and abstractly portrayed, seeking union in the physical form, through shapes, color, and texture. The human connections evolve by manipulating materials to express gesture and emotion in pursuit of these universal links. The final connection in my process is with the viewer. The sculpture is viewed, inducing emotion and introspection- the response being an integral part of the artistic experience.”
“Sculpture is my passion- I must create- it is my reason for being here. My sculptures are a reflection of my process. It is the doing and the creating, those things that emerge from the intuitive and soul levels, which finally merge with clay and stone and metal to form what is perceived as art.
This art, this final form, does not exist within a vacuum, but can only be seen as the result of the process. What might be appreciated only as a vague concept is made understandable if viewed as the sum of a series of problems to be solved, questions to be answered, and decisions to be made. If I had done my job, then the introspection employed from within myself, coupled with the materials and contours and rhythms provided by nature, irrespective of societal expectations or norms, will produce forms of harmony and grace.”
The job isn’t finished when the form takes shape. There is power and beauty within the form itself, but without texture and hue the form cannot come to life. Beauty is more than skin deep, but beauty still requires a skin.
I draw my inspiration for the final burnishing of the form from nature and memory, but also from my foreign travels. Ancient surfaces intrigue me. The weathered textures and colors act as a point of departure for the final enhancement that will emerge finally as art, a finished piece that tells you not only what it is, but where it has been. The process is the sculpture.
The final connection in my process is with the viewer. The sculpture is viewed, inducing emotion and introspection; the response being an integral part of the artistic experience.”
Sheila is currently participating in a traveling exhibition, The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Tradition. The show, featuring 20 artists, calls attention to the ongoing ancient rituals that kill or maim millions of women each year- yet are not considered crimes. The exhibition utilizes the beauty of high-quality fine art to raise awareness of human rights issues, and, in doing so, begins a dialogue that may encourage change.
This provocative yet engaging exhibition debuted in 2013 at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, putting the shadowy topics of honor killing, acid violence, female genital mutilation, forced child marriage, human trafficking- among many others- directly in front of current and future law makers.
The Art of Influence has traveled to The Human Rights Institute Gallery of Kean University, Union, NJ, The Gallery at Penn College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA, and will exhibit this fall at The Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery of Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL.
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