Dana Saulnier, SACI Consortium Artist in Residence
The 2015 SACI Artist/Scholar Consortium Residency recipient, Dana Saulnier, is busy in his studio at SACI this month. He recently gave a presentation to SACI students and instructors where he talked about his work and his experience during the residency:
“I made my way to Florence through Madrid, Venice, and Rome, and was very happy to settle into a routine in Florence. I alternate visits to the outstanding art the city has to offer with visits to my studio where I try to follow through on my own developments. Typically in my practice, I repeatedly explore potentials I intuit from some visual bodily experience until I can understand what it is that is demanding my attention. I was powerfully affected by the tone and shape relationships in an image by Velazquez and have been trying to understand why. As my response has developed I have also felt that my explorations reflect my experiences of seeing Pontormo compositions in Florence, and more generally a sense of being on the street in the city which has a very particular kind of dance between beings and architecture. It is difficult to predict just how an experience such as this residency will effect one’s art making, but it is not difficult to know that it will. It has been a great pleasure meeting the people who make SACI work. I am very thankful to SACI for awarding me the 2015 Visiting Artist Residency.”
Dana Saulnier, Professor of Painting at Miami University. An accomplished artist, Professor Saulnier received the MFA in Painting from Cornell University in 1991. He is affiliated with First Street Gallery in New York and has held numerous solo and group exhibitions. Professor Saulnier is the recipient of several teaching awards and nominations.
For more information about Dana Saulnier’s artwork, see: www.danasaulnier.com