ABSTRACT ARTIST:
CECILIA SALAMA

 
 

By Monica Rojas
Photo by Rachel Rinehart

"Over the past two years, I've been thinking a lot about the fluid space between the physical and virtual and how to translate digital processes into 3D gestures using elements of gloss, sheen, and drop shadows. I make latex pours to emulate the liquefy tool in Photoshop, and iridescent cellophane, which always makes me think of the 'multiply' effect. I hung a bunch of paintings on MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) with chains to give them that little bit of drop shadow.

Right now, I've been doing a bunch of different things. I've been making these prints based on manipulations of my past paintings using the 3D mesh tools in Photoshop. I wanna make some iPhone cases this summer with them (I made one for myself) and made some lamp shades using them for the Sight Unseen fair. I also used some of them in my new works. I printed a couple fabrics and stiffened them and coated them in resin, which I totally want to do more of now. I've also been using a lot of chain and tiles in combination with my more ethereal stuff." – Cecilia Salama

 

Describe your most recent project and how it was made:

I've been working on a series of new pieces (now up on my site) that I guess are trying to translate net aesthetics and Adobe Creative Suite processes into the three-dimensional. Gloss, hyper-saturated colors, drop-shadows, the “liquefy” and “multiply” tools are paralleled through material choices, such as iridescent cellophane, latex and gesso pours, pastel oil paints, and coatings. I've recently been playing with domestic motifs like marble tiles, vinyl baseboards, swing-set chains, and towel racks in order to ground net art in real life even further.

Describe your next project and how you're currently making it:

At the moment I am trying to finish up some collages, so I can digitally print them on fabric, stiffen them, and coat them with resin. Then, also make some prints and iPhone cases this summer as well.

Tell us one thing or person that has been inspiring you lately and why:

Ernesto Neto, Phytuziann, 2006 – I'm super into the seafoam green, and we have some overlap with using pantyhose. Ditte Gantriis – I like the way she uses prints and collaging to comment on corporate lifestyle and design aesthetics.

Show us your studio and what about it contributes to your success as an artist:

I work in a sectioned off portion of my house, which has its pros and cons. I like coming home from work and having all my objects in one place. I can work on a piece then do something else while it dries. The only problem I've found is that it's hard to install large pieces in my living room.