Margaret Saliske lived and worked in New York City until moving to the Hudson River Valley in 1989. She has a B.A. degree from Bennington College and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in Studio Art.
As a photographer and sculptor I am always trying to make photography perform in three dimensional space. In the past I have manipulated photographs by cutting into them, wrapping them around three dimensional forms, and attaching objects to the photographs thereby creating a literal space in juxtaposition to the illusion in the photograph. I enjoy manipulating materials and find photographs have infinite possibilities for creating real or imagined settings.
My most recent work engages the glass surface of a picture frame to create ambiguous depth. I am using the figure to establish a specific space that is then manipulated by attaching thread and pulling it into the plane above creating a sort of space warp. I have always been intrigued by how things look frozen under ice or how the surface of water looks when you are submerged and looking up. This new work allows me to establish a setting that I can then call into question by adjusting the visibility and depth.