Samantha Parker Salazar

Artist Statement

As sliced paper forms come together to create an illogically intricate environment, the viewer is confronted with ornamentation that borders on absurdity. Drama and vibrant hue are physical translations of tumultuous mental spaces visited during meditation. The work’s aesthetic sensibility is characterized by an abundant layering of surface imagery, stylized motifs, and fragments of tension between melancholy and the sublime—visual themes that allude to the Baroque or Rococo. Through a vortex of cut contours, impactful expressions of line and movement become quiet reflections on beauty, destruction, and potential.