about my practice
In my interdisciplinary practice, I focalize the land as an extension of the body and a locus for healing. My creative process begins with discovering internal landscapes revealed in waterways and the woods as the earth embodies experience. In my “Understory” series, I draw the moments where a dead tree leans on a neighbor, forever altering their growth while nurturing new life. In personal and public artmaking, I explore unique media to uncover the notion of nature-as-self and to open space for vulnerability.
As I seek to ameliorate the widening gulf between our bodies, the earth, and each other, socially engaged and public artmaking is uniquely consequential. Creating work in community with others not only brings me great joy but also enacts my values of invesing in the stories and lives of people in relationship to (built and natural) enviornment.
SHEILA NOVAK is an interdisciplinary artist and arts administrator living in Boston, MA. Currently, Sheila serves as the Public Art Program Manager for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy where she has curated, designed and managed the creation of new public artwork for Boston. Sheila has been working in the the nonprofit arts sector intersecting creative practice with public art, creative placekeeping and cultural equity since 2013.
Prior to working for The Greenway, Sheila worked on placemaking and public art projects in Minneapolis, Minnesota, including Northern Spark, Art Shanty Projects and the John Biggers Seed Project. In 2018 Sheila was awarded the New England Fellowship with National Arts Strategies shortly after arriving in Boston from Minneapolis. Sheila has served as the Artist in Residence at the Urbano Project (2020), Hennepin County Medical Center (2015-2017), as well as an Artist in Residence in Ecology, Spirituality and Community at Holden Village (2014). Sheila received her B.A. in Studio Art from St. Olaf College (2012)
For inquiries regarding purchasing of artwork, commissions, or public art consulting please email: SheilaNovakStudios@gmail.com