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Laura Sallade

Philadelphia, PA

Light, in its appearance and behavior, is an important inspiration for me. I use mylar, glass, wax, and other translucent materials to embody formations of flux. Approaching every piece as a drawing, I cut, form, and arrange shapes and patterns, perpetually overlaying the gestures of one occurrence onto another. The spectrum that runs between analytical and intuitive processes is my domain. I use chemical reactions, math, optics, memory, and play-- always on the lookout for moments I may want to collect and recycle.

I am interested in presence and absence, and the articulation of such through the negation and masking of matter. I fixate on the emptiness I envelop with material, observing how light inhabits that space. Using light as a drawing tool, I appropriate its ephemeral quality in my mark making and allow it to direct my process. Through pattern and repetition, my images track light's constancy, while honoring its transience through layering and extraction. Referencing light's both revealing and blinding nature, I accentuate the material's nature or omit it entirely and rely on suggestive remains.
Wescover creator since 2020

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