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Cecilia Salama

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Torpor Babe. 2013. Cellophane, oil paint, iridescent powder, resin. 48 x 36 x 12 in.
Color Club. 2012. Resin, oil paint, iridescent medium, acrylic, hair (human and dog), wax, on wood panel. 54 x 48 x 1 in.
aquadoom (I) and (II). 2013. Resin, oil paint, iridescent powder, dog hair, pantyhose. 36 x 5 x 3 in.
Grand Prix. 2013. Latex, oil paint, iridescent powder, resin, old house paint, asphalt. 36 x 24 x 4 in.
Dirging. 2012. Latex, oil paint, acrylic, duct tape. 36 x 12 x 1 in.
Artist's Statement

The only way to free the online user is to create objects that need to be experienced texturally. I expose viewers to a spectrum of sheen, aiming to navigate the Internet user through a space not mediated by screens. I explore the value of three-dimensionality in an increasingly virtual world. I work to untether the bind between eye and screen while putting certain classical issues of painting into question. By combining oil paints and more traditional gestures of abstract expressionism with internet-friendly materials such as plastics, vinyls, and iridescent films that reflect the aesthetics of “futuristic” 2k13 design trends, I explore the implications of materiality in relation to painting’s confrontation with virtuality. The work is process driven: materials are experiences, lessons to be learned. The paintings serve as palettes to create a unified system of works within several materials.


Cecilia Salama was born in London, England. She graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a BA Hons in Visual Arts. She recently had her first solo show in New York at So What Space. She has also had three solo shows at the List Center of Visual Art in Providence, Rhode Island. She received two awards from Brown University: The Roberta Joslin Award for Excellence in Art, and the Julie Soane '93 Award. She assisted Tony-Award winning set designer Eugene Lee in his studio in Providence, and in 2011 was chosen to design and build the set of the Merce Cunningham Residency at Brown University. She now lives and works in New York.