Her artistic research moves between drawing, photography, painting, installation and marble sculpture.
Gherardi has been working for more than 20 years on the theme of nature, the female hero and self portraits, which she photographed throughout the world, from Italy to France to Japan and the United States. The starting point of her artistic research is photography, which Gherardi uses to take possession of the images-this photographic procedure which defines the present. The subjects are shot with a Hasselblad camera and are then reworked in her studio by combining refined collages, very fine drawings and very light shades of color. All this gives the new image an aura of rarefaction. Reality is transfigured in a suspended and timeless atmosphere.
Her notable solo exhibitions at galleries and museums include the Museum Ludwig, Aachen, Germany; Studio Casoli, Milan, Italy; Museo Pecci, Prato,Italy; John Weber Gallery, New York, United States; Morra Foundation, Naples, Italy; Photology Gallery, Milan, Italy; Studio Geddes-Franchetti, Rome, Italy; Caillebotte propriété, Yerres, France and the Pièce Unique Gallery, Paris, France. Important curators such as Jean-Christophe Ammann, Wolfgang Becker, Bruno Corà, Achille Bonito Oliva have written about her work.
Her works are present in important public and private collections including the Ludwig Collection, Aachen, Germany; Pecci Museum, Prato, Italy; Sammlung SpallArt, Salzburg, Austria; UniCredit Group Collection, Milano, Italy; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, United States.