Susan Saladino

Artist Statement

“An overview of my artwork reveals a diversity of materials and mediums I utilize to express a singular theme. I have examined the relationship we have with the natural world and all animal life, and invite the viewer to do the same. The work is strongly committed to the belief that we as humans have a kinship with all life; we are all connected.

A desperate concern for animal welfare is a sentiment patterned in the fabric of all my artwork. Over the years I have observed the human action as it roams between a celebration of animals and brutality towards them. I have drawn on this observation earlier in my career to create paintings expressing reverence for their lives and protesting cruelty. Recently I began an exploration using clay. The playful animal figures I built are seemingly amusing, yet a deeper look exposes a truth I want the viewer to look at.

In my current mixed media sculpture series, I employ materials from the earth to reference conservation concerns. Surface texture of the hand built clay figures is created using natural materials found in the environment. Twigs sheared from culled trees symbolically imply the loss of habitat. Birds in some of the work represent all animal life. My figures very often are blindfolded suggesting the human inclination to turn away from certain realities that perhaps are uncomfortable or may require change. Change is needed.

I have come to believe that as stewards of this planet we cannot afford to turn a blind eye. The kinship we have with all life must be expressed in action, since belief is no longer enough.”

 

EDUCATION
Debra Fritt workshop – clay surface
Armory Art Center – large scale clay sculpture
Ceramic Art League – hand building
Armory Art Center – welding
Charles Cyde – mixed media, painting
Leo Manso – collage painting
Charles Pascualina – portrait painting
Mortimer Haber – sculpture
Laura Haleman – sculpture
Richard Veaux – serigraphy
Alfred Van Loen – mold making
New School Of Social Research – serigraphy
International Center for Photography – black and white processing
New York Institute of Technology – sculpture
International Center for Photography – Polaroid transfer imaging
CW Post  College – drawing
EXHIBITIONS
2010 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 Ceramic Art League of The Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, FL
2009 Eaton Fine Art Gallery group show, West Palm Beach, FL
2009 LK Mix Gallery group show, West Palm Beach, FL
2009 Rosetta Stone Fine Art group show, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
2008 Ceramic art League group, West Palm Beach, FL
2007 Wellington Art Society, Wellington, FL
2006 Zephur Spring Art Show, Wellington, FL
2005 WAS Fall Fling, Group, Wellington, FL
2005 Beyond Décor Fine Art Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
2004 Zephur Show Group, Wellington, FL
1999 Millpond House Group, Smithtown, NY
1996 Millpond House Juried, Smithtown, NY
1995 Spazi Contemporary Art Gallery  Group, Housatonic, MA
1995 Islip Art Museum Juried, Islip, NY
1995 Millpond House Juried, Smithtown, NY
1995 Shelter Me YM YWHA Gallery, Roslyn, NY
1994 Green Street Gallery, Group, New York City, NY
1994 Clayton Liboratore Gallery, Group, Bridgehampton, NY
1993 Spazi Contemporary Art Gallery, Group, Housatonic, MA
1993 Manhasset Public Library, Group, Manhasset, NY
1993 Endangered YM-YWHA Galler, Roslyn, NY
1992 Wiser Library, Group, Old Westbury, NY
1992 Millpond House STAC, Juried, Smithtown, NY
1992 National Arts Foundation Group, New York City, NY
1992 Nassau County Multi Media Art Forum, Group, Port Washington, NY
1991 Personal Statements YM-YMHA,Group, Roslyn, NY
1990 South Huntington Library Gallery, Group, Huntington, NY
1989 Long Island Focus on Ar, Grou, Old Westbury, NY
1989 Children’s Medical Fund Art Benefit, Group, Philadelphia, PA
1988 Nassau County Fine Arts Museum, Juried, Roslyn, NY
1984 Artelliere Gallery, Group, Great Neck, NY
1984 Huntington Township Art League, Juried, Huntington, NY
Selected Reviews and Articles
2007 Wellington Magazine
2006 Palm Beach Post
2005 Palm Beach Post
1999 New York Times Helen Harrison
1996 New York Times Helen Harrison
1996 Newsday Carey Lovelace
1995 New York Times Helen Harrison
Awards
Wellington
Art Society
Sculpture first place
Wellington
Art Society
Peoples Choice
HTAL show Seriography award
Donated Work 1996 – 2008
A Second Chance Rescue
All Creatures Sanctuary
Equestrian Aid Foundation
Marshall Foundation
People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals
Farm Sanctuary
Little Shelter
Animal Kind
SPCA Bergin County
Golden Retreiver Rescue
Cocker Spaniel Rescue
German Shepherd Rescue
Pet Adoption Center
ARFF
Oohmahnee Farm Sanctuary
Baypath Humane Society
Childrens Medical Fund
Work in Corporate Collections
Lazarus BurmanLong Island, New York
WindemereWoodbury, New York
Eagle Chase Woodbury, New York
Commercial Space Washington, D.C.

Teaching Experience
Roslyn School of Painting children’s workshop
Adelphi University seriography