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My art is environmentally and politically inspired: gun violence, animal poaching and crude oil. To maintain a balance in my heart I also make work that is lighter in subject at times about family, my history or images I find beautiful. 

Perspective has often been a theme: perspective conceptually and physically. I focus on subjects that often need a range of perspectives to understand the depth and layers to form an opinion. Physically I make work that when viewed up close looks different than when viewed from a distance using dots and halftones, blurred images and scale.

I was born in Burlington, Vermont and lived in the Bay Area for a good part of my life: I got the best of both coasts some say. I come from a family of artists and started making art at a young age: editions of rainbows, age three. I studied printmaking and photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have been focused on my art career ever since. Over the last 30 years, I have had numerous solo shows and participated in many group shows nationally and internationally. My work is in many private collections worldwide.

 

I currently live and work in Little Compton, RI.

Kadie Salfi

BIO


Using an appealing Pop palate, Kadie Salfi depicts objects of depredation, destruction, and desire. From her early silkscreens of bubblegum-hued bomber planes to her series of Arabian camels printed on brightly-dyed plaster with pure crude oil, Salfi presents trenchant social and personal commentary with a sly stylishness. Throughout the 2010s, she put American gun culture in the crosshairs: trophy species were rendered in Ben-Day dots and various models of firearms were painted with lustrous splashes of over-the-counter beauty products and captioned with unsettling statements of provenance or prophecy: “To kill his wife” or “To kill your daughter.” This ongoing project culminated in Every Sixteen Hours, a solo show at Brooklyn’s pioneering A.I.R. Gallery, after which Salfi reached back into her own family remembrances to create Sweet Tender Love, her most personal—and yet her most broadly resonant—series of work to date.

Born in Burlington, Vermont in 1972, Salfi studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spent two years at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles, where she printed editions of original graphics for such contemporary masters as Rauschenberg, Celmins, and Johns. Salfi maintains a steady studio practice in Little Compton, RI and has held numerous solo exhibitions on both coasts, including A.I.R. Gallery (Brooklyn), The Ink Shop (Ithaca), Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art (San Francisco), and BCA Center (Burlington). Her work has been discussed in Of Note Magazine, The Cornell Daily Sun, Chapter89 Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Artscope

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