Sal Sidner grew up on a small farm in the UK and went to art school in Bristol, England, where she studied painting, printmaking and sculpture. After art school she traveled overland through the Middle East to India, where she lived for three years. When she returned, she found that all the feminist sculptures she made in art school had been destroyed. She left to live in the US where she worked in the electronics industry, owned a sign business, earned an Educational Specialist degree and became a Licensed Mental Health counselor. After 20 years, feeling frustrated by the demands of work, she returned to Italy to study art in Florence, and later in Venice with New York University summer master in Studio Art. Her murals are in Crete and Miami. She continues to travel, take workshops when she can and has completed artist residencies in Greece, Italy, France and India. Last year she exhibited in the Florence Biennale.
My work mirrors my evolution as a person and my response to the social currents of the various places I have lived and traveled, as well as my response to music.
Sal is currently working with 600 children on a mural about Florida’s threatened species of animals and plants, intertwined with images of children, and a related installation which will show at the Venice Biennale, 2019. Last year her work was about migration and the Greek islands, where she completed residences in 2016 and 2017. She participated in 2016 in the SEAS conference in Kefalonia with her fabric wall piece Angry Goddesses, about the state of the ocean and it’s degradation by humans.
In 2016 Sal completed three murals in Heraklion, Crete: Peace is Possible, Cretan Dancers and The Parade of Life Between the Sun and the Moon, and a series of paintings which were shown at the municipal gallery, Heraklion Polikentno including Fisherwomen, Snake Goddess 1 and 2, Bird Goddess, and plein air watercolors.
Two visits to Cuba in 2017 and 2018 resulted in drawings and acrylic with fabric paintings, the series Rejas, and the painting Where are You From.
In 2018 the piece Homage to Carrie Mae Weems, We want to Live (featured photo) was made in response to a performance at Miami Dade Live Arts, and in 2017 she painted a mural in Miami titled Musicians Parade, based on drawings of musicians she has made from live performances.
Her feminist consciousness is reflected in her work which appeared in the exhibition and catalog, The Female Gaze, by the Women’s Caucus for Art, Northern California Chapter, in 2015. The series WTF was a response to the US election results in November 2016 leading her to participate in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. which resulted in the creation of paintings Life is not Always a Bowl of Cherries, WTF Happened and Hear our Voices.