Our good friend Nicole Salgar, who was previously featured in the exhibition Las Ilustres at Butter Gallery, has spent the last month in Barcelona. She started her artist residency at UntitledBCN, a gallery located in the neighborhood of Gracia. Immersing herself in a completely different culture she has refreshed her source of inspiration. She plunged into a new experience, letting the European breeze be the guide of her brushstroke.
Long inspiration strolls at the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. (Photo by Diana Larrea)
“Sentinel” (meaning guardian or gatekeeper) is the name of her new series. She portrays her female subjects as the gatekeepers to other dimensions. In certain pieces, where animals are depicted, they serve the purpose of being the key needed to open the doors (of the foreign worlds), which are being guarded by the Sentinels.
“I was inspired by the intricate metal doors and bars around Barcelona” Nicole explains.
Nicole putting in some work at her studio in Gracia.
The paradoxical iconography between architecture and nature represents an essential relation between physicality and the thought of existence.
The exhibition titled "30 Days" will be opening on October 28 at 7pm. The exhibit will mostly consist of Nicole Salgar’s work accompanied by some various works done by past resident artists. During the opening night she will also paint live and share her knowledge with the audience.