Salad Days


Sally Kindberg's paintings at Buster Mantis as part of Deptford X Festival. 

Salad Days is an observation of the quiddity of common objects that surround us. 

Drawing on a phrase used by Shakespeare in Anthony and Cleopatra (1606), Salad Days suggests the inherent naivety in the manner in which we see an object in one way, until we see it anew. This body of paintings attempts to consider this enthusiastic idealism that often characterises our initial observation and perception of a fresh object.

The word ‘salad’ describes and generally evokes a plate of lush contrasting fruits, vegetables and leaves of different colours, textures and qualities. These paintings are equally concerned with those same formal juxtapositions, requiring us to access them in a manner consistent with our everyday assemblage and analysis of matter. 

It is not surprising, then, that the name ‘Sally’ is often auto-corrected to the word ‘salad’ in various text applications. As such, this incongruous and unrelated pairing seem to be predestined allies, however born out of incidental collision.

Erase Grey, 2017. Oil on linen, 25 x 20 cm

Spleen, 2017. Oil on linen, 25 x 20 cm

Spleen, 2017. Oil on linen, 25 x 20 cm

Erase Green, 2017. Oil on linen, 25 x 20 cm

Kebabs, flags and tags, 2017. Oil on linen, 25 x 20 cm