The News Service
Sept. 9 to 30, 2004
Sarah Doyle Gallery to present Kim Salerno: Suspended Landscapes
The Sarah Doyle Women’s Center will present a new exhibition, Kim Salerno: Suspended Landscapes, in the center’s gallery at 26 Benevolent St., Sept. 9 to 30, 2004. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Sarah Doyle Women’s Center will present its first exhibition of the 2004-05 season, titled Kim Salerno: Suspended Landscapes, in the center’s gallery Sept. 9 to 30, 2004. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Kim Salerno’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States in galleries, cultural centers and museums. Her work, which has won numerous awards and is included in several private and corporate collections, explores the tension between nature and culture. She “invites the viewer to consider the nature of realism as highly synthetic images of the natural,” she says.
Salerno’s paintings combine layers of pictures that have been culled from history books on subjects ranging from Hudson River School landscapes to Chinese screen paintings and arabesques from Islamic pattern designs. She remakes the historical images in craft materials such as beads, foam, string, sand and sequins.
“The result is an amalgam that is not quite historicist and decidedly unnatural,” she says.
Currently a resident of Newport, R.I., Salerno was born in Worcester, Mass., and grew up in nearby Shrewsbury. She received a B.A. from Smith College and a master of architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She also attended the School of Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned a certificate in painting.
The Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, located at 26 Benevolent St., is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (401) 863-1781.