For many, our life may seem filled with adventure. And at times, it is. But most days, its a normal sort of existence, the kind that consists of work, laundry, dirty dishes and too much tv. These large scale paintings by Canadian artist Andrew Salgado have made me stop and think about how to live a bigger life.
I’ve always been a small person. Always a little slip of a thing ( until getting married that is, Mr. Forager put curves on me! ), one of my long time best friends who towers over me has always called me “Little One”. Because next to her, I was always the little one! But this littleness isn’t just physical. I have a naturally shy, retiring nature, the complete opposite of a “larger than life” type of personality. I don’t hate the spotlight, but I don’t go out of my way to seek it out, preferring to be the one behind the scenes, these days behind the computer.
These large scale portraits by Salgado are full of texture and vulnerability and delicious messiness. Sometimes, I think we let our quest for control and order get in the way of a bigger life. It’s so in my nature to stay safely in my shell, coming out only when coaxed, like a little hermit crab. But where is the adventure in that? How many of us will be able to look back on a life lived largely and to its fullest? I’m striving against my own temperament in my quest but its a fight I’m willing and eager to take on.
To see more work by Andrew Salgado, please visit his website. Salgado has solo exhibitions coming up in 2014 in South Africa, New York and London. You can also follow the artist on his Facebook page.
All images are via the artist’s website.