I. Wolk Gallery Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Auberge du Soleil MacArthur Place
Salenfriend's artwork is deeply influenced by her childhood experience growing up in and around agriculture within the almond industry. At the start of her career she exhibited her works at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, (formerly Chateau Souverain). That experience, combined with her time spent in both the Napa and Sonoma counties, has influenced the way she sees and creates art.
Her new work, "Not Always as it Seems" reflects on the influences of agriculture, but also on her interpretation of that which people are confronted with on a daily basis. Her paintings are a metaphor for people and their worlds; much texture, color and imperfections that are often hidden behind a reflective and gilded surface. Salenfriend states, "So often, outward appearances mask what is actually beneath the surface; chaos, self-consciousness, a troubled life."
Once Salenfriend is satisfied with the underlying image, the final exercise of these paintings is to apply the elegant, fluid, lighter than air, gold or silver metal leaf, leaving only bits and fragments of the original image beneath. The nature of this process facilitates the natural metamorphosis of the image through the light it reflects; absorbing color changes in its appearance throughout the day, glowing from within on its own abilities. Her utilization of this process mirrors one's own powers of discernment, as we become more aware of a friend or acquaintance's actual thoughts and impressions, rather than that which is merely reflected on the surface.
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