2 0 1 1 - Encaje de Valor: Reassembly of an Art/ist in Recession
Seventy-five 16” x 20” works on paper created quickly and irreverently, using watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, and gesso, in a span of 3 weeks. The exhibit also included several other larger works on canvas. Read more below.
"Encaje de Valor: Reassembly of an Art/ist in Recession" is a 2011 installation which focused on the economy, community, and the relationships within. Davis-Salazar's central idea was that lower margins and high sales volume benefits the artist as well as the customer, and this brings art into more peoples lives. The artist operates on the premise that it is essential for beautiful things to be accessible to everyone. Art inspires us all. In addition to several larger works, Davis-Salazar created seventy-five 16” x 20” works on paper quickly, and irreverently, employing mixed media, lace relief, dripping paint, and a linear quality to create a push and pull between old and new, beauty and conflict. The result was a series of hauntingly precious paintings, whose low price is integral to the meaning of the works. This method also allowed the artist to express herself without self-censorship, build a visual vocabulary, and created a jumping off point for her present work. These works were installed removable wooden framework for display, built from an old fence from the artists back yard. They were painted on quaIity 140 lb Strathmore watercolor paper, unframed, and simply rolled with a rubber band when sold.