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The Ithaca Journal

Arthur Witman June 2016

 

It’s an approach of which I’m wary, but Salfi can pull it off with grace. Her works here are cyanotype prints on stretched or unstretched canvas: uniform in their rich blue tonality and accented with patches of paint or metal leaf. Images of ballerinas—a recurring subject for her—are prominent. In pieces such as Tippy Toe Dancer and Misty Copeland, these anonymous bodies exude grace and poise. Other images, mostly smaller, show camels, racecars, and palm trees.

 

 

The Daily Imprint
Natalie Watson November 2015 

 

Who inspires you? My husband and my daughter. My husband has helped me to see the world as a whole and remind me that what one person does can have an effect on many. There is a great power to that knowledge and if used positively, can have ever-lasting results. Some of the work I make is about beautiful images that are soft and bold and simple. Some of my work is environmentally and politically based, highlighting subjects that have very negative ripple effects around the globe. I feel it is my duty as a visual artist to interpret what I see, hear and feel into a concrete item that others may learn from. My daughter inspires me to be the best person I can be, to find joy and laughter and that we are all always growing and changing no matter how young or old we are. Artists Vija Celmins, Gerhardt Richter, Joseph Beuys, Robert Rauschenburg, Andy Warhol, Richard Serra. 

The Art of the Salfi

Amber Donofrio March 2015

 

Whether intentional or not, there is a haunting quality to the show, which surfaces from the blue figures that extend out like shadows in their series of stretches, isolated and confined within the squares of their canvases and often slightly blurred, surrounded by a blue emulsion haze. The figures are like memories in the process of erasing themselves from one’s mind, dissolving into the bare basis of form and the uncanny qualities of beauty that remains. The dancers are thus reduced to their movements, repetitive and stiffened by ink, but it is with the poise and mechanic grace that defines ballet that leaves the show weighted with magnetic wonder.