Shadow People | Oil and Paper on Canvas | 72" x 50" | 2017
Toe Dip | Oil and Paper on Canvas | 16" x 14" | 2017
Artist Statement: These paintings are about being in love and how that feels when I think about it later, alone in the studio. Recently I have been painting figures in nature. I am thinking of objects in nature—such as rocks, water, branches or a big fat sun/moon—as part of the narrative in these paintings and acting as metaphor for human interaction and strength of feeling. These paintings are a mix of memory and imagination. The imagined landscape is greatly influenced by time spent in the woods of Maine and Vermont, as well as time spent daydreaming about those places while living and working in New York City. All of my recent paintings together represent a nonlinear narrative about two people experiencing love and the passing of time in the woods.
Giordanne Salley was born in 1986 in Dayton, Ohio. She received her BFA from Anderson University in 2009 and her MFA from Boston University in 2013. Recently Giordanne’s work has been included in shows at James Cohan Gallery in NYC, David and Schweitzer Contemporary in Brooklyn, NY, Monya Rowe Gallery in St. Augustine, FL, and Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in NYC. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings issue #104, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times. She is represented by Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York, NY and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.