Sheila Ganch works and lives in the Chicago area, where she creates sculptures that she says are her connection and reason for being here. Always passionate about art and sculpture, Sheila has incorporated her craft throughout her entire life. Twenty years ago, she had the opportunity to devote her time exclusively to her art. Her drive has been enhanced by teaching, her family, and traveling abroad; she is continually learning through workshops with other artists who are willing to share with her their knowledge, and through local art schools and colleges.
Sheila loves experimenting and manipulating materials. Her early works consisted of metalworking; bronze developed into thin lead pieces treated with dyes and patinas. Her forms became very organic, which lead to the dramatic shift to clay and stoneware, as metal is difficult to manipulate. This shift removed many barriers that metal had created, and allowed for new growth and experimentation.
Her work is about sculptural form, surface, and process. The forms are influenced by nature, especially ancient surfaces that show their environmental and evolutionary history. Her forms seek to define the human connection to earth.