Residency in Altos
In the studio [detail]. Altos de Chavón studio.

October 2015

Soledad SalaméResidency in Altos

Soledad Salamé (b. 1954, Santiago, Chile) is an interdisciplinary artist who works with printmaking, installations, painting, and sculpture. Through her work, Soledad explores the intersections between technology and the environment. Soledad holds a Bachelors of Arts from Santiago College, Santiago, Chile.

In 1973, she studied Industrial and Graphic Design at the Technological Sucre, Caracas, Venezuela and in 1979 she received her M.A. for Graphic Arts Instruction for Graphic Instruction at the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura (CONAC) in Caracas, Venezuela. Soledad Salomé’s work is represented in private and public international collections such as the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; The Baltimore Museum of Art, in Baltimore, MD; and the University of Essex, UK. Soledad lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.

Residency in Altos

In my 10/11 week stay at Altos de Chavon I produced a large amount of work and was able to explore different mediums.  When I look back at this time I feel very positive about my time spent in the Dominican Republic, even difficult experiences were transformed into positive outcomes.

We visited a Davidoff Farm where, I videotaped and recorded sounds of the tobacco leaf harvesting in the fields and the machinery used to make cigars. From this experience I was able to produce the sound for a video performance created with the Danza Popular Danzante of Nereida Rodriguez.
As an outcome of this trip I have a new proposal for future prints.

Adriel Vargas, a student from the School of Art and Design served as my assistant during the project. He collaborated with me on the sound portion of the project. For Adriel, this proved to be a good experience; he was exposed to a new world of possibilities with interdisciplinary media.
I gave a printmaking workshop at the School of Art and Design. For the workshop I donated all of the solar plates, the transparencies, specialized Stabilo pencils, as well as consulting time. The result was quite wonderful. In the process of doing this I met another student named Carlos Thomas.  He assisted me with my printing project and I taught him how to restore the press bed and roller so that it could be used for further projects and classes.

I especially enjoyed that each artist worked at such a high level of thought. I am grateful for my interaction with the other artists and hold them quite high in my thoughts.

My only regret is that I did not spend more time in the capital to get to know the Dominican everyday life. We should spend time in Santo Domingo, and interact with the artists in the area.  I hope that there may be a future opportunity to revisit and continue to create the work that was started on this residency.

Thanks to this residency I was able to have ten weeks of concentrated thought and experimentation. The time and space to think and create without distraction was extremely valuable to me. I was able to reflect on the work I had made prior to the residency as well as explore new concepts and media.

Residency in Altos
Are you listening? Dancers, 2015. Digital image still from performance
Residency in Altos
Are you listening? Dancers, 2015. Digital image still from performance
Residency in Altos
Are you Listening Islands I and II, 2015. Italian Poplar Plywood, Aluminum, silver color copper wire. Size:34”x21”x2” each Diptych
Residency in Altos
Working in the studio. Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic 2015
Residency in Altos
A view of the studio of artist Soledad Salomé. Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic 2015
Residency in Altos
At the farm, 2015. Archival print on rag paper.