Shelley Gilchrist has received top awards for her paintings in encaustic and sculpture exhibits in the Midwest and East Coast. She has juried exhibits in the Chicago area and held residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and the American Academy in Rome. Her work appears annually in winter issues of Studio Visit, and was included in Encaustic Art in the 21st Century, published in 2016. She is a member of Chicago Sculpture International, 3-D 12 Sculptors, and the founder and president emerita of FUSEDChicago.
In my shaped 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 organic design elements in my work as a means to convey the strong impressions that remain as exact details fade from my memory.
Recently I have been exploring line and color as subjects themselves. In paper sculptures, simple wavy shapes gain form, shadow and mystery through accretion. On three-dimensionally shaped surfaces, painted straight lines become dynamic. Movement and unexpected colors are prevalent throughout my 2-d and 3-d work.