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April Saler

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Postcard detail 2013, 2013 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2013, 2013 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2013, 2013 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2013, 2013 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2012, 2012 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2013, 2013 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2012, 2012 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2013, 2013 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2012, 2012 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard Detail 2012, 2012 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard Detail 2012, 2012 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2013, 2013 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2012, 2012 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2013, 2013 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2012, 2012 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2013, 2013 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard Detail 2013, 2013 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard Detail 2013, 2013 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail 2013, 2013 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail, 2011 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail, 2011 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail, 2011 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail, 2011 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail, 2011 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail, 2011 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail, 2011 Mixed Media © April Saler
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The Girl with the Mondrian Dress, 2010 Mixed Media Variable © April Saler-Smith
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The Girl with the Mondrian Dress, 2010 Mixed Media Variable © April Saler-Smith
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"The Girl with the Mondrian Dress" detail, 2010 Mixed Media Variable © April Saler-Smith
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"The Girl with the Mondrian Dress" Series, 2009- 2010 Mixed Media 30" X 40" © April Saler-Smith
2009
The Girl with the Mondrian Dress series: He is naively deceived as he zealously celebrates his own looming demise along with the rest of the universe., 2009 Mixed Media 30" X 40" © April Saler-Smith
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The Girl with the Mondrian Dress Series: He stares in awe at the yellow radiance of destruction while she commands her own blaze of fire in his direction., 2010 Mixed Media 30" X 40" © April Saler-Smith
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The Girl with the Mondrian Dress Series: She lacerates the unjustified crown off of his head as the toothy piranha devours him to bloody shreds, 2010 Mixed Media 30" X 40" © April Saler-Smith
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YES and NO, 2008 Mixed Media 20" X 20" © April Saler-Smith
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Untitled, 2010 Mixed Media on Oil 8" X 8" © April Saler-Smith
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Lifespan Studies, 2010 Oil Pastel 5" X 5" © April Saler-Smith
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Lifespan Studies, 2010 Oil Pastel 5" X 5" © April Saler-Smith
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Lifespan Studies, 2010 Oil Pastel 5" X 5" © April Saler-Smith
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Lifespan Studies, 2010 Oil Pastel 5" X 5" © April Saler-Smith
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Lifespan Studies, 2010 Oil Pastel 5" X 5" © April Saler-Smith
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Lifespan Studies, 2010 Oil Pastel 5" X 5" © April Saler-Smith
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Lifespan Studies, 2010 Oil Pastel 5" X 5" © April Saler-Smith
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Lifespan Studies, 2010 Oil Pastel 5" X 5" © April Saler-Smith
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Lifespan Studies, 2010 Oil Pastel 5" X 5" © April Saler-Smith
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Lifespan #2, 2011 Finger Painted Oil Stick 20" X 20" © April Saler
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Lifespan #3, 2010 Finger Painted Oil Stick 20" X 20" © April Saler
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Lifespan #1, 2011 Finger Painted Oil Stick 20" X 20" © April Saler
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Lifespan Series, 2011 Finger Painted Oil Stick 20" X 20" © April Saler
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Untitled, 2010 Mixed Media 5" X 5" © April Saler-Smith
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Untitled, 2010 Mixed Media 5" X 5" © April Saler-Smith
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Untitled, 2010 Mixed Media 5" X 5" © April Saler
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Untitled, 2010 Mixed Media 5" X 5" © April Saler-Smith
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Untitled, 2010 Graphite on Paper © April Saler
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GW, 2007 Searing on Panel 18" X 9" © April Saler
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Postcard detail, 2011 Mixed Media 6" X 5" © April Saler
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Postcard detail, 2011 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Postcard detail, 2011 Mixed Media © April Saler
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Lifespan Series and Self-Destruct!, 2012 Installation Variable © April Saler
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Charleston, South Carolina
Lives in
Miami, FL
Schools
Florida International University, 2007, BFA
Florida State University, 2010, MFA
Representing galleries
Tags
mixed-media, pop, installation, surrealism, abstract, graffiti/street-art, conceptual, exhibition/performance
Statement

My installations explore the psychological and emotional development of artists

who have been through traumatic childhood experiences from youth to adulthood.  Early childhood development studies have shown that the failure of parents and educators to provide a proper productive environment stunts the growth and expansion of creativity. I want to discover how this extended circumstance affects adults in the arts and how this constrictive and abusive upbringing molded the artist to use certain techniques and defense mechanisms to overcome emotional turmoil and psychological damage.

 

Studies have also proven that children learn through the act of play, which is a safe and open atmosphere of self-exploration and progress.  My work focuses on this concept by bringing in an intuitive work method and use of found objects. To fully juxtapose the child and adult life, graffiti techniques are used to accentuate the symbol of struggle, defiance and rebellion in contrast with the seemingly free nature of being a child. The merged visual universe of youth and adulthood creates a threatening web of organic story-lines that frustrate, perplex and frequently over stimulate the viewer.

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