I am always drawn to pattern in textiles, paper, and the natural world. Pattern is usually present in my work. Sometimes it is subtle, as in much of my floral work, and other times it is quite obvious, as in my Remnants series. I'm trying to find my voice in encaustic and patterning is on my mind constantly these days. Thus all the thinking and writing about pattern.
There is a long art history that negates frivolous content for art creation. For many years, beauty, or any connected adjective, is not a word most artists wanted connected with their work if they wanted to be taken seriously. I know that in the last ten years beauty as a concern is moving into the mainstream of art again. Then there is that arbitrary line between art and craft that is often viciously debated. Kim Salerno's art production dares to enter this debate.
Kim is an American artist who has a masters in architecture and studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. She teaches at the University of Rhode Island.
"Kim’s work mixes interests in decoration and design with fine arts. Large paper wall hangings combine decorative patterned shapes with domestic imagery, while panel paintings draw from garden imagery and traditional patterning. Three-dimensional works build on similar themes of patterning and decoration, blurring distinctions between art and design. The work draws from a variety of sources including miniature painting, decorative arts and crafts, and contemporary architecture."
Check out Kim's website here.
Doug Norris, Art New England notes that:
…(Salerno) is bold and inventive with color, making sculptures and paintings that often subvert scenes of domesticity and romantic stereotypes. Some work as twisted fairy tales… And there are signs of the housewife unleashed to confront her archetypes in many of the skillfully composed narrative designs…” This is a good description of her collage work on her website.
One of my favourites of Kim' s work is Installation #2 . I love the overall presence of delicate white forms hovering. I see visual references to sea animals and other plant and life forms.
Youcan read an artist statement and see more of Kim's work on the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens website here.