Art panels combine images of pencil drawings on wood panels and hand-cut Japanese washi paper collage to illustrate the people, places, nurseries and plant life of the area. Saldamando’s choice of materials references her family’s history as well. Her grandfather created wood sculptures while in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. The use of wood and washi paper connects the materiality of the compositions with the area’s Japanese heritage, while depicting images of a changing landscape and social demographic.
I am a third generation inhabitant and am familiar with the diverse communities, changing architecture and cultural history of the area. I hope to reflect the various people and places that make the area what it is today and encourage people to continue to reflect tomorrow.
About the Artist
SHIZU SALDAMANDO has exhibited her artworks at venues that include the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Museo del Barrio, New York City; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Setagaya Museum, Tokyo; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles; CAM Contemporáneo, Guadalajara; and the Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles. She is a recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Visual Artists. Saldamando holds a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Locations: Palms Station