Sali Swalla

Half Japanese and born in Hawaii to a military family, Sali's early years were spent living in various US States, Japan and Korea. After attending University in Tokyo she moved to Los Angeles where roots where finally grown. Having moved often in her youth and spending so much time "in between"...in between states, countries, houses, schools and cultures... she has created a unique inner space and view of the world. A space suspended between here and there and a view cultivated by all the differences she has seen. . A space and view which is the foundation for all of her work.

Sali's full time painting practice began after years as a small business owner. She followed the dream of opening her own little coffee shop and successfully ran two of them before the need for the meditative quiet of a regular studio practice demanded to be heard. It has become her meditation, her vehicle and her voice on the journey of life. It has made her complete on a deeply soulful level. Her deepest wish for her work is for it to touch the viewer in some way on just such a level. To make the viewer pause, even for the briefest of moments, to reflect on or connect with their deeper selves. To make visible to them something that has only ever been a feeling or a dream.

Sali's recent work has been mostly in oil and wax - both cold and heated. It has taken years of experimenting and working with the medium to find a process that works with her creative style and expresses all she wish to say. The organic qualities of wax, from the way it handles, to the way it smells of honey and the luminosity which can be achieved has captured her creative spirit. She uses layers to build depth and often finds herself scraping much of it back to create organic shapes and reveal the piece's unique history. With some pieces taking months until completion and others  seemingly only moments, it is when the work speaks quietly to her does she deem it a finished piece.

Sali has found collectors for her work across the US and Internationally.

 

" I am fascinated with the landscape of the human spirit. The process of transferring that landscape onto the canvas is what drives the work. I hope to make visible the invisible worlds that move, motivate and guide us as soulful beings...to make tangible that which has only ever been a feeling or a dream”

--Sali Swalla