artist statement

The grounding presence of natural forms is fundamental to my interdiciplinary creative practice as proxy to the inextricable connections of bodies, ecosystems, and social phenomena. In a time of great ecological and societal loss, my focus is to create art for inquiry, healing, and connection.

As I explore creative engagement with place, collaboration and curation are powerful tools to weave ways of knowing and seeing beyond my own lens. From storytelling projects to co-created public installations, each project holds space to discover and realize those synergies while casting a wide net of creative authorship.

Where do the boundaries between “me” “us” and “nature” get blurry?

When do we practice reciprocity with the natural world and each other?

How does landscape hold our hopes dreams fears and traumas?


SHEILA NOVAK (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist and curator currently living and working on Massachusett (Bos) & Dakota land (Mpls). Sheila has held a Creative Community Fellowship with National Art Strategies (2018), and has been Artist in Residence at the Urbano Project (2020), Hennepin County Medical Center (2015-2017), and Holden Village (2014). Sheila received her B.A. in Studio Art from St. Olaf College (2012).

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