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"This painting revisits the first relational disruption and re-explores the traumatising mother as the traumatised mother. Using the visual language of Victorian Gothic’s romanticisation of feminine trauma, this painting synthesises the delicacies of childlike vulnerability with the strength and competency of adult perspectives to reconcile complex relationships.
Using a delicate brush and touch imprints, this work transcribes the insecurities and complexities of blameless harms carried and transmitted from a loving hand missing its capacities to fulfil its intentions."
Saloni Saran is a Meanjin-based artist originally from India, who uses visual arts as a vehicle to reconcile her diasporic identity with transgenerational relational traumas buried in political and economic discourse. Saloni uses oils on wood and works with its materiality of trace evidence to explore the body’s memory of trauma.
Through a gothic palette, symbols of affect and emotional realism, Saloni composes haunting dreamscapes that capture triggers that can be grasped, retraced and resolved like puzzle pieces that make up a fragmented identity.
Working from Lucia Cappacchione’s model of recovering the inner child, Freud’s conceptualisation of repetition compulsion and the framing language of noir films, Saloni’s paintings reconcile the realities of the haunted inner child and the survived adult.
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