Born in Hawaii to a Japanese mother and a military aviator father, Sali’s early years were spent living in various US States, Japan and Korea. After attending University in Tokyo she moved to Los Angeles where roots where finally grown. Having moved often in her youth and spending so much time in between states, countries, houses, schools and cultures, she has developed a unique inner life cultivated by all the differences she has seen.
Her recent work has been mostly in the medium of oil and wax. The organic qualities of wax, from the way it handles, to the way it smells of honey and the myriad textures which can be achieved has captured her creative spirit. She use layers to build depth and often scrapes much of it back to reveal the moments of light and colors she love so much. She finds this process mirrors the effects of life experiences on an individual as they grow and evolve. Often initial events and what lies beneath is not within view, yet is essential to the individual’s identity. Such is the journey of the soul; which inspires the journey of her artwork.
Her work is collected across the US and Internationally.
“I hope to make visible the invisible worlds that move, motivate and guide us as soulful beings. My deepest wish for the work is for it to make the viewer pause, even for the higher selves. To make visible to them something that has only ever been a feeling or a dream.”
My work is an expression of a sense of longing and loss, tightly related with a search for wholeness and something beyond the tangible world. They are my search for what we cannot see but I know is all around us. Process-heavy layering, veiling, and scraping away mimics this search and serves as a metaphor for personal growth. I have chosen the organic materials of wax, resin, and pigments for their ability to conceal and veil with both opacity and translucency. I manipulate the materials embracing unplanned for effects. Knives, blades, and solvents are used to scrape away select layers to unveil what has been covered while leaving much hidden and is yet essential to the works essence.