Lauren L. Salazar
In weaving, I am able to connect with the medium’s layered cultural heritage while indulging in the geometric abstract language that I love. I invite the viewer’s association of weaving with domestic objects, tradition, and craft, and aim to subvert this connection by exploiting and magnifying weaving’s formal, gridded world. The pieces reveal the similarities between craft and minimalist abstraction, domestic and high art, the traditional and the contemporary. After my pieces have been woven and are removed from the loom, a second act occurs. I aggressively bind and stretch them to form sculptural paintings that are slowly built on, and expand beyond, their frames. Process, as well as literal and metaphorical tension, is present within the final works.