!!! THE INTIMATE VERNACULAR !!!
About my work
Through collaborative, context-specific projects that complicate artist authorship and the insularity of the gallery, I co-create intimate, semi-fictional paradigms for the real and imagined lives of humans. My interdisciplinary work excavates possibilities in the poetic, eccentric and infinite everyday, exploring power, ritual, the poetics of the vernacular, food, aging, intimacy, rest, and identity. I employ subversion, humour, discomfort, and a commitment to the deeply personal across forms such as performance, film, writing, conversation, meal, publication, variety show, brief encounter.
I am curious about my relationship to the institution of art – global and local systems of forces holding up privilege and power in the art industry, and in so doing ask who artists are and what gets to be considered art. My cooperative work proposes an alternative ethics of engagement anchored in everyday experience and collective re-imagination. Aesthetic is more about relational design; communal experience is the art. Here is the enigmatic place where the manifesting of fantasy is a score for work – a fantasy that becomes a new way of being together in the world.
This lens of intimate vernacular investigation also informs my research into the everyday as performance, bearing fruit as tender presentations somewhere between art and life. Centering the body and its histories, I am interested in constructing portrayals of self and space that are at once ambiguous, raw, dream-like, absurd, mundane.
I am always learning how to be an artist, where my desires meet the world's needs.
Salty is from the tropical metropolis of Singapore. She has an MFA in art & social practice from Portland State University. She has been supported by the Singapore National Arts Council, the Singapore Film Commission, the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize and the Regional Arts and Culture Council (Oregon), and her work has been presented in Singapore, the U.S., Finland, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Xi Jie was the Artist in Residence 2019-20 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's Center for Visual & Performing Arts and an Artist Fellow at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.
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