Shizu Saldamando


Shizu SaldamandoArtist’s Statement

I am interested in the way subculture functions and manifests itself through fashion, and music. Visual codes are re-interpreted and remixed with new generations by re contextualizing seemingly outdated fashion, music and language. This remix within subculture is often in contrast and a response to mainstream marketing and co-optation. I am interested in capturing specific fleeting social moments within local backyard parties, independent music shows, and the like, but I also am considering the pervasive and problematic context of binary subjectivity (good vs. evil) by depicting personal moments of reflection and contemplation that resist this marginalizing categorization. I view portraiture as a means to reclaim self image and subjectivity not only in response to mainstream media’s flattening and one dimensional gaze, but also as a pro-active process in that enables and gives agency. I use a mix of materials within the process such as wood, bed sheets, color pencil, washi paper and ball point pen, to give nod to the varying contexts and situations I depict. My overall objective is to create images with unconventional materials, honoring people and moments that resist categorization and question the existing archetypal and hierarchical norms.

Website: shizusaldamando.com

Biography

Solo Exhibitions

2013
When You Sleep: A Survey of Shizu Saldamando, Vincent Price Art Museum, ELAC, Monterey Park, CA (Upcoming in September)

2012
All Tomorrow’s Parties, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

2010
There is a place, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Stay Gold, Space 47, San Jose, CA

Group Exhibitions

2013
Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles International Airport, terminal 7 & 8, Departures Hallway
Artifex, Koplin del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA

2012
Crossing Boundaries in Art, University of Kyoto, Japan
De-constructing Chinatown, Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Sueños Libres: West Coast Soñazos, Self-Help Graphics & Art, Los Angeles, CA

Fellowships

2006
California Community Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Visual Artists

Residencies

2002
Art Omi International Artist Colony, County Route 22, New York

EDUCATION

M.F.A, 2005
California Institute of the Arts

B.A., 2000
UCLA