My work is rooted in figurative painting and is driven by my interest in examining humanity. I strive to capture the psychological and emotional spaces that exist at the borders of what cannot be spoken and are intrinsic to human experience.
Many of the issues that influence the human condition are present in my practice: identity, sexuality, power relations, the allure and fear of the forbidden, consumption, the assumption of privilege, and the meaning and value of ‘self’ and ‘other’. Underlying this is an interest in the relationship between social conformism and autonomy, greed and sacrifice, the fictional and the real, civilization and the natural world.
I paint and draw intuitively to give me the freedom of discovery. I use diverse techniques on the surface to impart a sense of physical presence and tactility. I want the flesh I create to divulge hints of mental or physical states and for the tension between the figure and the environment to cause conflicting emotions, making the work persist between shadow and light, tragedy and satire, falsehood and truth.
Above all, my practice is influenced by my own experiences within our global simultaneity, an intense inner world and life, my need to translate that somehow and relate it to the small, individual universes others carry with them, and ultimately to navigate our world.
Bachelor of Fine Arts. University of Alberta. Edmonton, AB
Alberta College of Art Design. Painting and drawing. Calgary, AB
The New Hybrids. The Living Arts Centre. Mississauga, ON.
Title(TBA). ODD Gallery. Dawson City, Yukon. (Solo)
Inherent Truths. Les Territoires. Montréal, QC.
Recent Work. Indexg Gallery. Toronto, ON.
Contingencies, June 2008, Profiles Public Art Gallery, St. Albert, AB (Solo)
Acts of Devotion. Harcourt House Arts Centre, Edmonton, AB
Contingencies. Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture, Projex Room. Edmonton, AB
Catfight: Rematch! theArtery. Edmonton, AB.
1950 Ford Show, Curated by Anthony Easton, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Response. Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto. ON
Catfight! ArtsHab Studio Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Interiors. Visual Arts Alberta Association Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Exhibition Creation Residency, 2009. Klondike institute of Art and Culture. Yukon.
Visual Arts Project Grant. Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Creative Residency, Visual Arts. The Banff Centre, AB
Landry, Mike. “Inherent Truths”. Things of Desire (Blog). Volume 1 Number 21: Feb. 5-11, 2009.
Hayes, Scott. “Profiles’ new exhibit promises a long look.” St. Albert Gazette, pg. 48, June 4, 2008.
Fung, Amy. “Catfight: Rematch! Gets the claws out.” Vue Weekly, Issue #640, January 2008.
Fung, Amy. “Salzl takes a brush to women’s Acts of Devotion”. Vue Weekly, pg. 16. July 2007.
Sasano, Mari. “Moral compass spread across a canvas”. Edmonton Journal: section, What’s On; pg. F3, Friday, July 20, 2007.
Preview Alberta, Canadian Art, pg.32, Summer 2007.
O’Keefe, Mary Christa. “The Deceit of Desire: Recent paintings from Tammy Salzl” Locus Suspectus, Issue: 3, Winter 2007
Bouchard, Gilbert. “Woman gets creative to help understand son”. Edmonton Journal: section, What’s On; pg. F8, Friday, July 7, 2006 (colour photo included)
O’Keefe, Christa. “Narrative Contingencies”. SEE Magazine, pg. 40, June 29 – July 5, 2006