Kadie Salmon is a visual artist based in London, UK. She graduated with an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Her practice utilises a variety of media, but she often uses photography at some stage in the creation of her work. Frequently she draws on notions of romance and eroticism, both historical and contemporary as a key concept of her work.
Kadie Salmon uses photography and sculpture to explore the nature of story telling and image making. Referencing historical and contemporary depictions of romanticism such as that found in cinema, novels, folklore and art she constructs enigmatic narratives that provoke sensations of idealism, desire and personal fantasy. Folded or scrunched paper boulders sit balancing next to human-scaled, architectural models; sculptures act as essential characters to the intimate scenarios depicted in her hand-painted, tableaux photographs. Walking through her fragile, paper landscapes the viewer unravels a narrative that acts a little like the still from a film or the middle of a book; offering no beginning or end.
Using a combination of digital imagery and traditional post-production techniques, Kadie Salmon creates large scale photographs and sculptures that explore notions of image manipulation, story telling and romantic landscapes. With an interest in the history of post-production and applied surfaces and its vital role in contemporary imagery and social media, Salmon often returns to traditional methods of manipulation. Using Victorian hand-tinting to physically add/remove colour or by forcing the image into a sculptural form, the ‘hand of the maker’ is ever-present in her work.
Drawing on the stories, histories, architecture and landscapes belonging to various countries and cultures, Salmon constructs narratives that explore the role of romanticism in art. These narratives are often the result of a performative process, through which the artist attempts to experience in person these romanticised scenarios from the past. However in doing so and placing them within a contemporary context their original language and interpretation is often lost and instead replaced with notions of idealism, desire and personal fantasy.
Kadie has recently completed a year long residency at the Florence Trust and will be exhibiting at New Art Projects, London 31st Aug – Sat 28th Oct 2017.
In 2016 Kadie received funding from The Henry Moore Foundation for the touring project Strange Loop as part of artist collective Captain Lightfoot. Recent exhibitions include Strange Loop, Babel Gallery, Norway and Gallery EX14, Dresden, Germany and her solo exhibition at New Art Projects in 2017.
Born Scotland, 1986 Lives and works in London and Edinburgh Education 2007-2009 MFA Sculpture, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh 2003-2007 BA (Hons) Sculpture (1), Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Selected and Forthcoming Exhibitions 2018 Memory Palace, Gallery Amu, Prague
2018 Kadie Salmon, Babel Gallery, Trondheim, Norway 2017 Kadie Salmon and Talwyst, New Art Projects, London 2017 The Florence Trust Summer Show, The Florence Trust, London 2017 The Florence Trust Winter Open, The Florence Trust, London 2016 Strange Loop, Captain Lightfoot, Babel Gallery, Trondheim, Norway 2016 Place and Platform, Edinburgh Arts Festival, Edinburgh 2016 Here’s To Us, Gallery Gro, Finland 2016 MONO6 (Touring) The Courtyard, London 2016 MONO6 (Touring) Rijskademie, Amsterdam
2016 MONO6 (Touring) Blockbuster Exhibitions, Berlin 2016 MONO6 (Touring) Gottwood Arts Festival, Wales 2016 Strange Loop, Captain Lightfoot EX14, Dresden, Germany 2016 As Document, Summerhall, Edinburgh 2015 The Usher, Captain Lightfoot, Galleri Gro, Finland 2015 Concrete Fictions, New Art Projects, London 2015 Flat Land, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh 2014 Captain Lightfoot Presents...The Glasshouse, Edinburgh 2014 Everything Stuck to Him, Captain Lightfoot, The Vaults, Edinburgh 2014 Don't Know How to Tell, New Art Projects, London 2013 Something Old, Something New...., Fred[London] Ltd, London 2013 Viewing Room, Fred[London] Ltd, London 2013 Arteles Residency Exhibition, Haukijarvi, Finland 2013 No Heroics, Please, Captain Lightfoot, The Crypt Gallery, London
Awards/Funding 2016 The Henry Moore Foundation Grant
2016 The Eaton Fund
2015 The Hope Scott Trust Funding 2015 Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop Artist Funding 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival Sponsorship Fee (Captain Lightfoot)
2013 The Hope Scott Trust Funding (Captain Lightfoot) 2007-2009 Andrew Grant Scholarship Award 2008 & 2006 The Helen A. Rose Bequest 2007 Andrew Doolan Award for Sculpture 2007 The Tempest Photography Graduation Prize
Residencies/Commissions 2016-2017 Artist in Residence, The Florence Trust, London 2016 LKV Residency Programme, Trondheim, Norway
2015 Edinburgh Sculpture Micro Residency Programme, Edinburgh 2015 Artist Talk/Lecture, ESW, Edinburgh 2015 Artist Talk, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh 2014 Artist Workshop, Edinburgh Art Festival, Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh 2013 Arteles Creative Centre Artist Residency Programme, Finland