Angelina Gualdoni incorporates overlapping pours and variegated color caused by heavy paint pushing through from the back of the canvas. Gualdoni utilizes expansive washes of paint as a ground, situating representational imagery within an amorphous and shifting environments. The fluidity of the poured paint ground undergirds her mark making techniques, alongside her dyeing, pouring, and staining, to providing a volatile environment of light and shadow. The abstract veils of paint act as metaphors for tensions between the visible and the invisible, which underscores several bodies of work – from architectural subjects to domestic interiors, and most recently, explorations of plant medicine as a tool for healing. Studying the legibility of landscape – how one comes to see and know the plants around us, Gualdoni juxtaposes expansive stained painted grounds with descriptive contour renderings of plants, figures, landscapes, all made with printed string lines. Her compositions use diverse languages to mirror the artist's experience of foraging vision, where multiple lenses are necessary to see more fully, and be in and of our environments. The use of diagrammatic languages to reference identification manuals, antiquarian prints, as well as fossils — markers of deep time — are also apparent.
Angelina Gualdoni received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and her MFA from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Her paintings have been the subject of solo and group shows nationally and internationally at the Crystal Flowers Art Salon, NY, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, KS, Tufts University Galleries, Boston, MA, Queens Museum, NY, St. Louis Art Museum, MO, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut, the Museum de Paviljoens, Netherlands, and the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY. Her work resides in the Saatchi Collection, as well as the MCA, Chicago, and the Nerman Museum, Kansas City. She has been the beneficiary of several grants and fellowships, including New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in 2008 and 2015, the Daynard Faculty Research Award, Artadia, and Pollock-Krasner, and has attended residencies at Marble House, Interlude, Carrizozo AIR, Vermont Studio Center, MacDowell Colony, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, International Studio and Curatorial Program, and Chateau La Napoule. Gualdoni lives and works in New York.