The Illuminated Desert
Friday, October 21, 2022
6 - 9 PM
Alpine Art Gallery, SLC, UT
Curated by Susan Bonosconi
The Illuminated Desert is an exhibition inspired by the Utah desert, the writings of Terry Tempest Williams, material exploration, the creative gesture and the spiritual connection between the artist and her work.
Created by Brazilian-born artist Samantha da Silva, the artist seeks to transcend conceptual barriers. da Silva's works become memories and relics symbolic of the artist’s conversation with the raw material that brought them into creation. da Silva has described her creative process as a “controlled chaos” that makes “something that is completely non-repeatable.”
Known for her use of raw, natural materials including: iron-rich Utah dirt, salt from the Great Salt Lake, and foraged sawdust from the hurricane-force winds of 2020, da Silva has discovered an emotive power within the essential simplicity of her materials and the vivid pigments she sources.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.