Marilee Salvator’s large print installation “Growth Patterns Remix” inspired by growth and invasion opened in Chadron State College’s Memorial Hall Main Gallery Monday. The exhibit will be open through Feb. 2 and is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Salvator has taught printmaking and design in the U.S. and Canada. She is currently an assistant professor, teaching printmaking and design at Western Kentucky University.
Her work has been exhibited throughout North America, South Korea, China, Portugal, Serbia, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, New Zealand, Italy and Romania. Salvator has had her art work included in over 25 public collections including Japan and China.
She said her work process alternates between traditional two-dimensional prints and large, immersive printmaking installations. Her focus on layering the forms lend a three dimensional feel to the installation.
“The work will grow within your gallery space, climb up the walls, and feel like it has the ability to take over the environment, it is invasive,” Salvator said. “I see the print as a module. I develop patterned matrixes that are printed repeatedly and then cut into unique shapes. In the work, I will exhibit hundreds of etchings hand printed on paper and then glued to wood and delicately cut out with a scroll saw. When installing, I work with each pattern and color, thinking of it as a unique plant species.”