I love Giordanne Salley’s paintings, they’re an open book that bring friendship, love and life to the fore, pictures that invite you to participate, to jump into their narrative and take part, strip your clothes off and go for a swim.
Salley’s pictures remind us that there is beauty in the small things, that life is worth living, that the everyday has a secret worth finding and a love worth treasuring. These are simple compositions, we’re placed in the heart of the action, observing, waiting for our go, the action built with simple forms and painted in bold colours, naive almost, a folk aesthetic underpinning each painting which only brings us closer to the emotional thrust of the pictures.
Many of Salley’s paintings deal with water, swimming and chilling out by the cold, dark lakes of the Pacific North West, and it’s these pictures that best encapsulate the love she imbues in each composition. They are sympathetic, reach out and reflect a life of communion with nature and friends. Here’s what she has to say about her work:
My most recent work is about being in love, and how it feels to think about those feelings while I am alone on my studio. I think the experience of being in love with people and places and things is a very big and overwhelming feeling in both good and bad ways. I am trying to use pictorial tension with the flattening and bulging of the space to create a similar feeling for the viewer.
Each moment becomes the past, a memory. Fond memories become embellished tales, and those tales become paintings: a memory taking form.