The Baroque period is known for its hugely ornate, filigreed adornments in its architecture and interiors. The time and skilled craftsmanship required to create the flowers, leaves, and scrolls is incredible, but the materials can come from a more humble origin than seen in the palaces of Europe. Artist Jillian Salik carves amazingly detailed frames and embellishments from white cardboard. Leaving out the rainbow of colors associated with the style, her high-class decorations are created from a much more common, pedestrian medium.

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Salik strives to create a world where technology and machines are absent in the formation of her work. She says: “Just as an ecosystem relies on its various components to exist, my landscapes require a home where the two rely on one another, and form a symbiotic relationship. Individually, my mechanics are useless, and need to be part of the larger construct in order to activate the space. Once the mechanical landscape has bloomed, it then sets the stage for people to come and experience the space in a new way, as it forces them to interpret, question, and to be immersed; free to let their imagination run wild, and to fill the voids of the space.”

The empty frames and windows allow viewers to imagine their own scenes, turning the focus of the gallery from what sits inside the borders into what lies within the visitors’ heads. Their thoughts are the precious pieces to be surrounded by highly stylized organic forms. Devoid of gilding, hue, or subject, the carvings sit ready as a blank canvas to take on the ideas and desires of the public.

+ Jillian Salik

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