JG: I first discovered Salyna’s art through a post someone shared on Facebook and was immediately drawn into the potent symbols that were presented in the image. Being a life-long student of symbolism, I appreciated Salyna’s play of symbols and imagery that evoked something quite profound as I discovered her world through her collages and poetry. To me, there is something very powerful and primordial in a gathering of symbols, and that somehow we can all relate to them on both a conscious and unconscious level. How amazing! I am excited dear reader to invite you to submerge yourself into Salyna’s works, getting to know her here and on her amazing Facebook page. Let the symbols wash over you and touch a part of you that is connected to us all.
SG: My work as a mixed-media collage artist reflects my interest in the layering of levels of consciousness and the surreal nature of reality. My inspiration is to find universal experience through the deeply personal terrain of inner truth. My collages evoke dreamscapes that are at once mystical and confessional, exploring questions of identity, memory, legacy and inheritance.
Influenced by my twenty year career as a dancer, choreographer and dance instructor, my visual art endeavors to capture movement aesthetically and energetically through the narrative. Poetry is often the substrate of my work, becoming a lyrical mixture of concept and intuition, clarity and elegance. Recurring elements echo throughout my art create symbols of a personal mythology, a legend, that navigates internal landscapes and unlocks sensual treasures of light and shadow.
I am continually in awe of traditional techniques of collage; the simplicity of paper and scissors and glue which illuminate the synchronicity of shapes and stories. My work continues to evolve as I combine collage with printmaking techniques, book binding, beadwork and found objects. Mounted on simple wooden panels, each collage transcends its humble materials to become a living altar of spirit.
As a dancer, I am trained to tell a story with shapes in space. You can’t rely on words when the medium is movement. Language becomes fluid and meaning is expressed as a companion to the experience.
This notion translated into my visual art and certain symbols began to appear in my work. These recurring elements echo throughout my art creating a personal mythology, a legend, that navigates my internal landscapes. Like a map, they give direction to the narrative often telling a story about myself and the world around me. I am always amazed at the power and beauty a single image can unlock. An egg, a lotus, an open palm….these visual symbols tap into the universal experience woven through the deeply personal terrain of inner truth. We may live entirely different lives, yet, your story speaks to my story on a level beyond the conscious mind. My hope is that somewhere between the bridge and the butterfly we may find unity and peace.
In your rose garden
They are dawning
The fragile tips
Of frost, blooming
On the early
Of a new day
Before the great
Swelling tide of art
We speak of love
Yet, it must be
There is no other way
Salyna Gracie is the Executive Director of the Confluence Gallery and Art Center and a Multi-media artist with a focus in Dance, Poetry and Mixed-media Collage. Her work as an artist explores movement, language and visual symbols that reveal the universal experience woven through the deeply personal terrain of inner truth. Salyna’s dance, visual art and poetry evoke dreamscapes that are at once mystical and confessional, exploring questions of identity, memory, legacy and inheritance. As a lifelong student of the healing power of art, she continue to explore new mediums as a deepening spiritual practice, and a window into her soul. Connect with Salyna and Soul Bird Collage Art on Facebook.