Artist Spotlight: Anja Salonen

A selection of paintings by Los Angeles-based artist, musician, and performer Anja Salonen. Centered around an exploration of consciousness, identity, and ecological interrelationships, Salonen’s ethereal paintings draw from queer eco-theories and new materialisms to construct a psycho-spirital commentary on our collective moment. “The work aims to create space for collective mourning, visions of embodied interdependence, a grammar of animacy, and the possibility of a quantum leap in ethical consciousness,” she explains. Taking cues from the visual language of collage, digital spaces, and historical fiction, she constructs what she describes as “uncanny sur-realities and alternate worlds.” She elaborates:

“Through painting I consider how we relate to our own bodies as well as our world as a living system in crisis, our larger body in pain, mourning incalculable losses while imagining new futures sprouting from the cracks of the old. Referencing stone monuments, other-than-human beings and ecological intimacy, the work asks us to bend the scale across which relations unfold, opening time to lithic duration. Diving into the psycho-emotional depths of our present reckoning, I aim for the paintings to offer hope in our ability to transform and evolve our collective systems, while acknowledging the grief we must move through in the process.”

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