Angelina Gualdoni

Artadia Awardee

“[Gualdoni’s paintings] offer the expressive qualities of paint in combination with the artist’s skill to collaborate with process.” – Juror René de Guzman, Senior Curator, Oakland Museum of California

Angelina Gualdoni is a painter living in New York City. Through use of dyeing, pouring, staining and textile patterning, she links various women’s creative practices from industrial to domestic, decorative to metaphysical. Gualdoni has shown nationally and internationally at the Queens Museum, NY, St. Louis Art Museum, MO, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut, the Museum de Paviljoens, Netherlands. She has been the beneficiary of several grants and fellowships, including Artadia, Pollock-Krasner, and is a two-time NYFA Fellow. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, amongst others.

Visibility and legibility are primary concerns in my paintings. My most recent work explores legibility of landscape – how one comes to see and know the plants around us, and in this recognition, see ourselves as one with our surroundings. I enact this question in my work through juxtaposing expansive stained painted grounds with descriptive contour renderings of plants, figures, landscapes, all made with printed string lines. The abstract veils of paint are a metaphor for forces outside of our control that shape our experience, whether environmental, economic, or metaphysical, while the definition of contour line speaks to the desire for legibility. The tension between the visible world and the invisible forces underscored several bodies of work over a twenty-year career – from architectural subjects to domestic interiors, and most recently, explorations of plant medicine as a tool for healing.