Cecilia Salama’s latest exhibition Partner Work explores her teenage encounter with art and the female form during a life drawing course. She was able to find comfort in the curves of the woman, drawing the shapes on paper was catharsis for her fear of witnessing nudity. Cecilia explores her nervousness with nudity—retrospectively, with the etchings on her sculptures. Cecilia finds a synchronicity within her work with whales in captivity, and the tailored, twisted, displaced, unnatural love that is shared between the animal and its trainer. The exhibit catalogues her timeline here on earth with belts that have been on her body, previously-used stickers she has cherished amongst swatches of miniature smiling faces and different colors of pink. Though the tone is playful at a glance, Cecilia leaves you with the idea—that your version of love isn’t always universal. Is love as simple as putting it on a t-shirt? When society trivializes your pain, profits on your dependency, can you even know what love is? Below Cecilia shares a poem discussing the complexities of the universe.
Partner Work closes April 14th. 315 Gallery 12 Livingston Street Brooklyn, NY 11217, Wed-Sun: 12:00pm-5:00pm