Sheli Silverio, Be A Lady – opening at Shoebox Projects
“Be A Lady”
Opening January 6th 3-6pm
Artist Talk/closing January 20th 2-4pm
660 South Aveue 21 #3
LA Ca 90031
“Sheli, be a lady” is a phrase I heard a lot growing up. I never felt like I knew what that meant exactly, but I did feel like I was often doing it wrong. As a girl, dolls became an influential learning tool in deciphering what appropriate femininity entailed. They were coded with messages about motherhood, domesticity, fashion and physical beauty. In “Be A Lady” I use the paper doll as a means to explore the complex process of understanding personal identity within the confines of society’s idea of womanhood. The pieces of my paper doll are symbols of sexuality, vulnerability, confidence, intelligence, physicality and the process of resolving all the facets of one’s self.
Sheli Silverio is a fine artist and illustrator living and working in Los Angeles. She has studied studio arts and humanities at Pasadena City College, California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and California State University Northridge.
An integral part of the LA Art World, Sheli is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association, The Shed Collective and is currently working for Shoebox PR, offering valuable resources to emerging artists. She recently became a board member on the arts non-profit January Arts.