Using an appealing Pop palette, Kadie Salfi depicts objects of damage and depredation. From her early screen prints of bubblegum-hued bomber planes to her more recent series of Arabian Camels & Crude Oil printed on brightly dyed plaster with pure crude oil, Salfi's work presents trenchant social and political commentary with a sly stylishness. Her latest work, Every 16 Hours, is an extensive arsenal of handguns, each painted on plywood panels with lustrous splashes of makeup—lipstick, nail polish, blush—and captioned with an unsettling statement of provenance or prophecy: "To kill his wife" or "To kill your daughter."
Born in Burlington, Vermont in 1972, Salfi studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spent two years at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles, where she printed editions of original graphics for such contemporary masters as Rauschenberg, Celmins, and Johns. Salfi maintains a steady studio practice in Ithaca, New York and has held numerous solo exhibitions on both coasts.