The works are inviting from a distance, like a refreshing splash of light. But up close, their innocuousness fades. Through the words, the guns reveal that however visually appealing they may appear from afar, they are ultimately bound in violence masked as something pretty. They’re “terror,” as the show’s statement describes, “commingled with allure.”
“Pretend you were talking to an NRA member in a low-population, low-crime state like New Hampshire or Utah, where the rate of gun violence is much lower than in New York,” we asked. “If that person wandered into the exhibit, what would you want them to take away from it?”
"New work from Kadie Salfi’s series, Every 16 Hours, a title that calls attention to the fact that every 16 hours a woman is shot and killed by a current or former partner. Each work is painted with make-up on plywood."
"In spite of eschewing technical detail, or quite possibly because of it, Red Guns establishes a discursive space that acknowledges the terrifying capabilities of the weapons, and the intentions with which they are used. The images are juxtaposed by the harrowing descriptions of the weapon’s effects."
"Some of the works in the show speak more clearly than others—Kadie Salfi’s Red Guns, for example, are insightful and terrifying prints, jumping out from within bookshelves and labeled with the specific school shootings to which each gun refers—but the eclecticism of the show’s works as a whole present a diverse collection of oddities, some created documents and others found."
"My hope is that the viewer will see something beautiful and poignant, as well as be struck by the object and the imagery enough to walk away with a new perspective, a thought, a vision." said by Salfi during an interview.
The Ithaca Journal: The Artist's Artists: Spring TCFA Exhibit Showcases Visual Diversity
June 01, 2016
"It’s an approach of which I’m wary, but Salfi can pull it off with grace. Her works here are cyanotype prints on stretched or unstretched canvas: uniform in their rich blue tonality and accented with patches of paint or metal leaf."
"One morning last spring, through some research and general creative wanderings, I found myself on the website of Ithaca, NY artist and printmaker Kadie Salfi of Petite Blue, and knew immediately that this was a woman I wanted to learn more about. It might have been this image of her simple booth at the local farmers market that first caught my eye."
"Kadie Salfi admits that she needs varying types of stimulation for her art practice. While some artists can focus on a single subject matter for almost their entire career and become well known for it, she says she always has to have a few directions happening at once."
Ithaca Journal: 'Art In The Heart' of Ithaca Shows Local Color
July 10, 2015
"It provides an opportunity for people to see new and interesting art. We love the idea of putting art out in the public domain. Artists are lending the public their art, which is kind of a fun thing." Gary Ferguson, director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance
The Ithaca Voice: Electric, Ambitious Art Expected at Downtown Ithaca Exhibit
July 03, 2015
""Art in the Heart is our way of bringing diverse and exciting contemporary art to downtown Ithaca for thousands of residents and visitors to enjoy." Gary Ferguson, Executive Director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance
"Ballerinas are viewed as graceful, beautiful, and feminine, but there is a powerfulness and athleticism to them as well. They cannot be defined only by their fragility as much more strength lies within their wake."
"Although these are intense subjects, I always try to bring beauty and space into the art. I am not interested in pointing fingers and making shock art. Rather, I like promoting the idea that every person has the freedom to question everything." said by Kadie Salfi in an interview
Artscope Magazine: Kadie Salfi: Apex Predator: Body Parts
June 23, 2012
"Artist Kadie Salfi combined beauty and tragedy in her work Apex Predator: Body Parts Series. Simple yet powerful graphics depicted animals targeted for their body parts by humans, the world’s leading apex predators, in the $20 billion illegal wildlife trade."
Art Daily: Sarah Hirneisen and Kadie Salfi Exhibition in San Francisco
"Hirneisen’s and Salfi’s objects captivate yet disorient. Imaginative and beautiful, surprising yet adhering to a rigid formal discipline, they tap into and animate our collective memory, our collective understanding, perhaps our collective complicity over the realities of this region of the globe known as the Cradle of Civilization."
The Ink Shop: Kadie Salfi Apex Predator-Body Parts
"But instead of maintaining the health of ecosystems as other apex predators do, humans are destroying the world’s natural balance by killing millions of animals every year at a rate that is unsustainable and irreversible."