Kim Salinas Silva
Kim Salinas Silva: Artist Statement
The images in my paintings arise directly from my subconscious, similar to dreams. One night’s dream is different from another night’s, yet a crew of familiar symbols and archetypes runs through them, over the years weaving together an intricate tapestry of psychic story-telling. My paintings are like that, each one telling a different story based upon the urges intrinsic to that particular painting time, yet common motifs unite them all.
I work without sketches or preconceptions, drawing and painting directly onto the canvas. The painting process then becomes a roller coaster ride full of dips, curves, and heights. I take a back seat, following impulses the painting instigates, trusting that the end result will be striking and necessary.
The writings of Carl Jung, the Swiss psychoanalyst, have profoundly influenced me. His view that humankind cannot be healthy until as individuals we embrace our shadow, or the darker, more unruly parts of ourselves, has become crucial to my work.
While working as a fashion and childrens’ illustrator, I began painting alone for myself, without censoring anything, eager to discover my own buried Self. That was many years ago, and the thrill of that ride has not subsided.
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