The work of Louise Sheldon pokes holes into memories of our daily surroundings. Her subject matter becomes a conduit for apparitions, stolen moments for the artist to inject the sublime. The viewer is left questioning whether what is known actually exists. Louise admits confusing dream states with recollections, as seen in a watercolor depicting a boy in a bathtub. Channeling the memory of a scene from The Lost Boys movie, the painting “Tim”, at first glance seems like a painting of a young man bathing. On closer inspection, we are left wondering whether the ageless boy and his dog are actually even there or whether they are phantoms, as their shadows suggest. Sheldon’s work is also preoccupied with the daily reminders that nudge us as consumers, in the form of store fronts, packaging, or displays. She beautifully animates the everyday ordinary so that a stack of VHS tapes dances across your vision, Twix bars ethereally swim by, and a varied array of beer for sale is like a constellation of sparkling glass winking back at you.
Louise Sheldon was born in Providence, Rhode Island and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is currently on view at Safe Gallery in Brooklyn in a two person exhibition with J Penry