Sheila Furlan's objects, installations and photographs arise from a conceptual process. A representative of modern textile art, she creates objects that play with space, time and planes of action. Her particularity resides in the material she uses: transparent, fragile but robust silk, with which she explores the spatial, sculptural potential.
The transparent silk offers glimpses into inaccessible interior spaces, creates a dialectical interplay between inside and outside, of space and volume. Using the technique of thread drawing that she developed, she embroiders fragments of images and text into the fabric by hand.
Her object boxes, cuboid metal frames covered with silk, have a poetic, seemingly light appearance. Inside, material collages (including natural materials) are sometimes combined with the outer embroidery. As a further option, she developed floating suspensions, illuminated plinths and wall panels as carriers for her works. The deliberate use of light intensifies the transparency of the object and allows further layers of shadows to emerge.