My work is rooted in figurative oil painting and driven by my interest in probing elements of human experience, in psychological spaces at the borderlands of articulation. I paint to speak what my words cannot.
The stories we tell ourselves about who we are, who we were, and what we’re becoming are implicit in my work. I trudge through terrains of identity, sexuality, power relations, the grotesque and the wondrous. I tightrope the tenuous threads between civilization and nature. Intimate mediums like oil paint and charcoal still the cacophony of a kaleidoscopically shifting world and in collusion with the seductions of beauty I hope to encourage contemplation.
Through art I strive to explore the endless breadth of humanness and yet remain emotionally intimate. With piercing eyes and pulsing flesh my subjects reflect the raw innards of us all. Manifesting as both reality and myth, they are firmly on the side of empathy and righteousness, even in destruction and vengeance. They are lonely, anxious, vulnerable, fierce and powerful, they are the wounded, the victorious the barbaric and the innocent. Capable of both creation and devastation, they inhabit alternate worlds that hint of possible futures.
I work to bring the viewer to a sustained examination of their self and their place in the world. Humanity is less a condition than a choice, and I ask the viewer to imagine what is human, what is real, and what shape the future should take.
2011 Honourable Mention
2013 to Present
Concordia University, Master of Fine Arts Candidate, Painting and Drawing Concentration Option.
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Bachelor of Fine Arts.
SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
Prospective Portraits. The New Gallery, +15 Window Project. Calgary, AB.
Entitlement. ODD Gallery. Dawson, Yukon.
Inherent Truths. Les Territoires. Montréal, QC.
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITONS:
Drawing 2011, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto.
The Kingston Prize, Canada’s National Portrait Competition.
The New Hybrids. The Living Arts Centre. Mississauga, Ontario.
Dale & Nick Tedeschi Studio Arts Fellowship, Montreal.
Exhibition Creation Residency. Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Dawson City, Yukon.
Visual Arts project grant. Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Edmond, Amanda. “The Nature of a Child”, Where Calgary.
Blomgren, Lance. “Tammy Salzl. Entitlement”, Exhibition brochure, ODD Gallery.
Hayes, Scott. “Profiles’ new exhibit promises a long look.” St. Albert Gazette, pg. 48, Wednesday, June 4, 2008.
Sasano, Mari. “Moral compass spread across a canvas”. Edmonton Journal