What you're about to see will not do Laura Salgarolo justice. This talented artist kicks ass in almost every discipline. From printmaking, to painting, bookmaking, letterpress, sculpture, to illustration - Salgarolo pulls no punches when it comes to experimentation. Her meandering portfolio is connected by the concept of stories.
"I can't say I have a favorite [medium]. I think each new project has its own appropriate medium or approach, and I don't like to tie myself down to one way of creating. Does 'story' count as my favorite medium? Because that's more of a constant in my work than anything else."
Growing up, Salgarolo would observer her Italian nonno, a gloriously inventive and creative person. Her grandfather would engage Salgarolo and her brother in a variety of creative ways.
"I have a vivid memory of game he called “splash.” He would scrape pastel pigment into white toothpaste and we would use palette knives to create colorful toothpaste paintings. He also always taught us to do things 'con calma,' encouraging us to be patient and focused; so I learned care and resourcefulness in art from those experiences with my grandfather."
Salgarolo is originally from Pittsburgh, but currently resides in Rosendale, New York. She works as the studio intern at the Women's Studio Workshop, an organization dedicated to creating space for women artists, with printmaking, bookmaking, papermaking, and ceramics studios. Most of her days are spent working with the resident artists, cleaning, prepping the galleries for shows, and having studio access to work on her own artwork.
With such a variety of practices, Salgarolo utilizes a variety of tools. She simply thinks of herself as a collector - collecting pictures, story elements, words, found ephemera from nature - all of which she re-purposes to make stories within her artwork.
Salgarolo's narrative style is a constant, no matter the medium. Her art is inspired by fairytales, mythology, and fantasy. She is fascinated in the lasting effect of stories, the way they survive and transform across time and culture.
The busy intern - Salgarolo wants to take advantage of the many studios at her workplace. She has been jumping around, learning letterpress, papermaking, and screen printing.
"It is inspiring to be surrounded by so many talented working women artists."
This trapeze balancer of an artist is currently working on several artist books. She's pushing herself to learn letterpress, linoleum relief prints, and silkscreen printing. Her research process alternates between reading, and doing some practice print tests.
For her senior thesis, Salgarolo re-purposed the story of Rumpelstiltskin. She wrote and illustrated a complete picture book, and curated an library and storyteller's workspace. Salgarolo recognizes this as one of her greatest accomplishments.
"One of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes comics Calvin remarks, 'Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”
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