The Gallery at Chapin will feature the paintings of international artist Lisa Salamandra in an exhibit entitled “Daily Bread” Sept. 1 to Sept. 29, 2009 with a reception Sept. 16, 5 to 7 p.m.
“Daily Bread” is a large series of works on paper – specifically the paper wrapped around Ms. Salamandra’s daily artisan bread purchased in the bakeries of her village in central France. Since one day in 2001, and everyday thereafter, she has taken these papers from around her bread and has used them as her surfaces. Through various water-based mediums (in, gouache, markers) and collage (banal elements taken from her daily life), Ms. Salamandra creates her works of art.
“In using the paper which wrapped her daily bread as a tonic background, day after day, like a diary, she creates a daily theater, an anecdotal dance, a journal like a rising dough of rare inventively”, artist Gerald Stehr writes about the series. “This childlike quality, this mothering of materials in her hands, seems inexhaustible… miraculous… yes here is the true multiplication of bread…
A long time resident of France, Ms. Salamandra was born and raised in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. She received her B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore and went on to complete a “Licence” degree in Fine Arts at the Universite Paris VIII.
She has lived in France for 15 years, ten of those in the small village of Ainay-le-Chateau in the Allier region, where she lives with her husband, also a painter, and their two sons. It is here where the series “Daily Bread” was born and continues to be created.
Today, the series counts over 150 finished works to date, with hundreds more in progress in the studio. An artist book publication of the “Daily Bread” series will be published in October by Cheminements Editions, bringing together over 100 images of works of the series along with bilingual (French-English) texts by renowned French and two American authors from Princeton, Kate Somers and Steven L. Kaplan.
Ms. Salamandra’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe since 1989. Recently her work has been presented at the United States Ambassador’s residence in Paris and at the Wall Gallery in Berlin.
In addition to the artist reception, the “Daily Bread “exhibit can be viewed during school hours by appointment by calling 609-924-7206. Chapin School is located at 4101 Princeton Pike, Princeton.