Gisele Shahi

Window is an exhibition by LaGuardia High School Fine Arts Major Gisele Shahi. In her words, it is “the culmination of a teenage artist exploring their work while applying to art schools in isolation during a global pandemic.” This exhibition features an array of works in various mediums, including paintings, mixed media, ceramics, collage, sculpture, and drawing.  Some of Shahi’s work, created in her parents’ small apartment in Chelsea, reflects themes of isolation, hiding behind masks, social justice, and fear during COVID-19.

As stated in her applications to art school, “She is learning to express her feelings through art as she looks out the window watching the world around her waiting…”

About The Artist

Gisele Shahi is a 17-year-old Chelsea native, a graduate of PS 11, City Knoll Middle School, and soon to be a graduate of LaGuardia High School in June 2021.  She also takes additional coursework at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  As a high school junior, she was selected to participate in Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt’s Teen Design Scholar, and as a rising senior, was accepted to the New York State’s Summer School of the Arts this past summer. Upon acceptance, she planned to study Digital Arts for four weeks at Alfred University, which instead culminated in an online class.  For two years she submitted winning art projects to the Queens Maker Faire at The New York Hall of Science; String Art and Painting Shells for Fire Island Animal Rescue. Both projects included a demonstration and public artist talk.

For more information on the artist and her work follow them on Instagram.

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