Maria Paz and Nicki Green

Tuesday, September 3rd, 6:30 - 9 pm

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The Painting Salon is a monthly lecture series aimed at fostering a dialogue about contemporary art in the Bay Area.  Each month, the painting salon invites two artists to present their work at a new art space, gallery or artist studio. With the nomadic venue and expanding roster of presenters, the Salon hopes to foster community by introducing new audiences to artists and artists to each other. The Salon is currently being curated by Bay Area artists Laura Rokas, Rachelle Bussieres, Camile Messerley, and Andrea Bacigalupo.

Nicki Green is a transdisciplinary artist and educator whose work focuses on craft process and the production of material cultural. Her sculptures, drawings and paintings and ritual objects center questions of history preservation, conceptual ornamentation and the aesthetics of otherness. Originally from New England, she received a BFA in sculpture from San Francisco Art Institute in 2009 and an MFA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley in 2018. She has exhibited her work internationally, notably at the New Museum in New York, the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and Rockelmann & Partner Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Her writing and visual work has been included in and discussed in various publications, including a forthcoming piece in Transgender Studies Quarterly’s Trans*Religion issue, American Craft Magazine, and The MIT Press anthology Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility. She lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Maria Paz (b.1989) is a self- taught Chilean sculptor living and working in Oakland, California. Her work explores the bond broken with her home country in addition to her experience of being raised as an undocumented immigrant in the United States. She is interested in the impact of being separated from one’s country and how that shapes immigrants and the dualities in their cultural identities. By painting visions of Chile, her ancestors and her past, Paz seeks to reconcile and pay dues to her experience as a Latinx immigrant who doesn’t know her origins well but feels endlessly drawn to her home country (su tierra). By painting and processing on clay, the end result is a collage of images that often have a child-like quality and bluntly portray her personal history. Each piece tells a different story, often telling several, many of which are brightly colored in an homage to the palette of Latin America. Maria Paz currently works as a lab technician in the Ceramics Department at Fort Mason, San Francisco. She has has shown internationally and her works have recently been exhibited at New Image Art (Los Angeles, CA), Pt. 2 Gallery (Oakland, CA), Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA) and Something Gallery (London, Britain).