Halide Salam

Artist Statement

I see in the land and the sky a visual beauty that can carry messages of meaningful experiences. The bio-energy and emotions that I sense in nature is heightened by my study of the visual symbols of sacred geometry – that numbers have sacred meaning, and that the circle and certain plane figures like triangles, pentagons, squares and the hexagon carry emotional power. The challenge is in combining what I am experiencing and feeling with the philosophy of sacred geometry and cultural memory. In my paintings, I orchestrate a visual form that not only encompasses an evolving and changing structural framework based on sacred laws, but also reflects the energy and fluid patterns of transformation. 


Pigment, grounded rocks, oil and resin are the materials in painting that is both liberating and limiting. The films of paint as membrane and strata have been expressive throughout my work, alluding to the changing nature of life itself, its existential mutability. The organic elasticity of the medium with light- energy as a source of inspiration is intimately connected with my search for a sense of place, central in the human condition. 


Land, memory and renewal in which light- energy as a metaphor for human perseverance are explored to transcend enclosure and the finite to what is infinite and unbroken through moments of epiphanic vision.  I investigate this duality of form and meaning through Time, fluctuating and tying the physical space to memory, the imagination and my surroundings to create imagery that is organically and existentially real.  


As a child, I witnessed a culture deeply immersed in the forces of Nature, ancient rituals and patterned structures. While these inform the imageries in my work, it is my musical training that has contributed to the painting process – connecting through rhythm and color, the created object and the subjective hand to the textural energy present in all living phenomenon. It is through the experience of painting that I acquire a sense of place, and a primal and holistic understanding of what it means to be a part of a natural force. As I paint, the process reaffirms my belief in the potential of all living things to evolve, adapt and structurally change form.

Copyright 2014