Dionisia Salas has been working with repeated marks and pattern in her work and has experimented with this through painting, silkscreen printing, burning techniques into paper surfaces, and collage. She has been experimenting with how formal investigations in abstract mark, colour, pattern and composition can result in the artwork being a document of its own making.
The works on show in the Shake it Up Exhibition are print-based collages resulting from a residency in the Print Department at the ANU School of Art at the end of 2016. Collage allows Dionisia to consider and adjust her choices in composition and colour, minimising her usual image-making processes to two or three basic elements. Screen printing allows her to easily reproduce pattern and large blocks of saturated colour - combined with extra flourishes of hand drawn line and lino print, all of which are cut and pasted onto a woodblock ground.
About the Artist
Dionisia Salas graduated from the painting department of the ANU School of Art in 2007. She has since lived and practiced in Canberra, Melbourne and Berlin where she was assistant to the artist Katharina Grosse. She is a recipient of a 2017 ArtsACT project grant and this year will participate in a residency at The Art Vault, Mildura. She has participated in residencies at Megalo Print Studio, the inaugural Glint residency with Canberra Glassworks and Megalo, and at Baso studio in Berlin. Group exhibitions include Emerging from Canberra, Watters Gallery, Sydney, Here and Now, Nuttall Kibel Nguyen, Melbourne, Word of Mouth, Canberra Museum + Gallery; The Presence of the Past in the Future, Stedefreund, Berlin.
Event Area: Nishi Gallery