A Mixed Media Artist
I enjoy working across various mediums because each medium reflects a different side of self-expression. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be wax because of its fluid and solid-state transformations into metal. At a younger age, I was fascinated with melting wax and playing with fire, but I never knew how to preserve the brittle and temperature-sensitive forms. Learning about lost wax bronze casting was the missing link I needed to help heal myself from alcoholism. The other two interests that I find compelling are experimental baking and adventures in nature, which also influence my art.
My illustrations are surreal and emotive representations that come in the form of wet and dry mediums, murals, and prints. I sell my original works, giclee prints (but not giclees of original print-made works because that’s taboo). My drawings are interchangeable across mediums to ensure shared accessibility. I’m open to questions, commissions, collaborations, and exhibitions. As a recent graduate of Cal Poly Humboldt and survivor of everyday pandemic life, I’m looking forward to engaging in more community events!
Sculptor & Illustrator
Humboldt County mixed media emerging artist, Sheala Dunlap, finds herself inspired by the alchemy of materials, intimate connections, and her life in the pacific northwest. Her work reflects her passion for nature with the embodiment of surreal and magic realism styles. These whimsical motifs are emotive representations that conceptually examine ideological paradoxes in post-colonial western civilization.
Her first communal artistic endeavor began with the Tucson Pima Arts Council where she worked with close friends over the summer to design and construct a gateway for their local neighborhood. The process of assembling with allocated resources through community outreach made an everlasting impact on her creative process. She takes pride in being resourceful with mediums and strives to reduce the reliance on the consumption of virgin materials.
Since 2016, Dunlap has exhibited in local art spaces and galleries from afar. She earned several scholarships to assist in the completion of her B.F.A. in 2021. Her sculptures have received awards from juried shows, and her illustrations “Abalone Shark, 2019” and “Timber Dance, 2021” transformed into murals for Eureka’s Street Art Festival and Humboldt State University’s Forestry building respectively.