Shelley Wildeman



Artist Statement

Wait and watch.
My interest as a photo-based artist is in the passage of time, voyeurism, nostalgia and memory. Depicting these themes in various parts of the world demonstrates the universality of the experience.
In recent years the subject of how people occupy public space has formed the basis of my artistic production.
I search for very public and engaging locations and then I shoot a number of frames from one vantage point as time passes and the scene changes–people walk by, the clouds above our head move and change. By adding an amount of manipulation to the photographs later – specifically, by combining several scenes and overlaying them to create one image comprising several moments – the experience of the single documentary instant is multiplied, letting the viewer feel the movement and change within the photo as if they were sitting there, taking in the scene themselves.

I am a Canadian photo-based artist living in Toronto. Growing up in a small city, I very early on craved the buzz of the world's large metropolises. I have come to my own photography alongside extensive experience art directing photo shoots and sourcing photography in my career as a graphic designer. Since 2003, I have been a member of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, a non-profit artist-run centre in Toronto. My work has been exhibited in Canada and the U.S. since 2005 and acquired by private collectors in Canada. I have participated in Contact Photography Festival many times in both solo and group shows. In 2016, PhotoEd magazine ran a feature article on my work, entitled “Flâneur”. A full spread of my work was run in the online art magazine Omen in Spring 2015.(scroll down for more information)


Solo Exhibitions
January 2015, Gallery 44 Members' Gallery – Flâneur
December 2014, Kitchener City Hall Rotunda GalleryStation Time
February 2014, Rue Pigalle – Station Time
May 2012, Opticianado – Semi-natural State (as part of Contact Photography Festival)
September 2008, Gallery 44 Members' Gallery – Presence
May 2008, Urbanscapes Gallery – Presence (as part of Contact Photography Festival)
March 2005, Gallery 44 Members' Gallery – Organics (Night & Day)

Selected Group Exhibits
November 2017, 55 St. Clair WestYou have to take the Stairs (catalogue) (curated by Zebra Public Art Mgmt.)
November 2017, The Robert McLaughlin GalleryRMG Exposed (silent aution)
November 2015, Gallery 1313City of Art (group exhibit curated by Phil Anderson)
April 2015, Propeller Gallery– Salon 9, an exhibition of Propeller members and invited artists
June 2013, John Allan's Toronto, at the Bay – exhibit of current and former Ryerson University

      Image Arts student works curated by Steve Tissenbaum

May 2011, The Gladstone HotelExposed (as part of Contact Photography Festival)

      curated by Britt Welter-Nolan and David Brown

May 2010, The Gladstone HotelExposed (as part of Contact Photography Festival)

      curated by Christina Zeidler and David Brown
April 2010, Gallery 13135th Annual Revelry Art Auction
May 2008, Toronto Transit Commission – Contacting Toronto: Memories for the City
      (Slide show on subway platform monitors as part of Contact Photography Festival)
September 2005, Kenan Center House Gallery, Lockport, N.Y. – Crossing Borders



Winter 2016, full article in PhotoEd magazine, "Flâneur", by Mehreen Shahid download pdf
Spring 2015, Omen Magazine, issue 13, full spread, "The Flâneur's Dream"

May 2012, blog on Gallery 44 website, "Learning to love Houston's FotoFest", by Shelley Wildeman
Winter 2010, full article in PhotoEd magazine, "Overlays", by Lara Wheeler download pdf

Related Experience

Fotofest 2012, Houston, Portfolio Review participant

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography member since 2003

Professional Graphic Designer

Ryerson University Continuing Education – photographic studies, 2002 to 2007
George Brown College, Toronto – Graduate, Graphic Design Program


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