Latela Curatorial | Nicole Salimbene Seed Scattering

By Editorial Team on October 30, 2023

Mon, October 16 2023 — Sun, February 25 2024

Nicole Salimbene Some doors were closed just for others to open (mourning doves), 33×36″, collage tapestry, 2023.  Image courtesy of the gallery
Opening Reception: November 30, 2023 from 6-8pm
Extended to Sunday, February 25, 2024

The Silva Gallery x Latela Curatorial presents Seed Scattering, a solo exhibition of new collage tapestries by Nicole Salimbene. The exhibition will be on view at The Silva DC at 1630 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009 from October 16, 2023 through February 25, 2024. A public reception will be held for the artist on November 30, 2023 from 6-8 pm.

“Birds have been scattering seeds in me for a while now. They mysteriously arrive inside my home, make visitations outside my windows or come so close when I am in nature we could nearly touch. I am not a birder, but I find myself in places witnessing migratory patterns I never imagined. This year winged creatures entered my dreams. In that unconscious landscape, the seeds started to crack open. This work is the sprouting and hopefully seeding of a collective conversation with birds. It is my human response to their birdsong, to their planting.” – Nicole Salimbene

Bridging the seen and unseen, Salimbene engages a surrealistic approach to spiritual ecology. Composed of 11 contemporary collage tapestries – odes to medieval tapestries and bird encounters – this exhibition intersects the realms of relationality, mysticism, and materiality.

Salimbene sculpts her tapestries from receipts and repurposed magazine pages. She makes use of the papers’ previous contents and contexts while formulating her own visual poetics: alternately hiding and revealing content as she rolls and binds each page with wire.

The first of many hidden messages in this body of work stems from the materiality itself as the pages used in the tapestries are from Artforum, the international contemporary art magazine. Within this context, Salimbene reflects on the tension of inclusion and exclusion embodied in the magazine and artworld. Threaded together, pages containing art criticism and exhibition advertisements transform the power dynamics of the traditionally male-dominated art market into the traditionally feminine craft of tapestries.

Paradoxically, the pages also contain the work of artists Salimbene loves and admires. Their work collaged into the tapestries serve as seeds – germinating the exchange of ideas and inspiration, an example of the interdependence among artists. The juxtaposition of image and text, at times both intentional and random, speaks to the historical context of tapestries as a textile art used for communication and storytelling.

The woven poetics of dreams, myths, memory, nature, and empathy in this work – and the source materials of Salimbene’s practice – come together to both commune and communicate curiosity and reflection on how as living beings – human and more-than-human – we are constantly seeding each other in our exchanges. Our interdependence with the more-than-human world is a reciprocal call and response – a birdsong of our collective consciousness calling us to cultivate the sacred and grow in stewardship with the Earth.

Seed Scattering by Nicole Salimbene is on display at The Silva Gallery x Latela Curatorial October 16, 2023 – February 4, 2024.

Located at The Silva DC: 1630 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun noon-5pm. A public reception will be held for the artist on November 30, 2023 from 6-8pm (RSVP). All artwork displayed is available for purchase. Inquiries for art purchases should be directed to Latela Curatorial: studio@lateladc.com.