"As the seconds pass with your eyes scanning the intricate details of the artwork, the drawing comes to life. You begin to see the controlled frustration of the fire that has disfigured the paper with its heat while being held at bay by the artist."
European Confederation of Art Critics
Using paper, fire and water, Meir Salomon creates moving works that penetrate the soul. The language of his work is unique. Most apparent in his work is the long journey he has undergone, that focused on both a personal and artistic search at the end of which he has reached uniqueness and unison.
In this series Salomon uses special paper that is covered in a layer of soft chalk, giving him flexibility and freedom of movement that could not be achieved with other forms of paper. This unique, absorbent and strong paper allows him to rub the pigments into the paper, soak it in water and process it from both sides. The scorching of the paper is done with absolute control by sectioning areas designated for it. The use of monochromatic colors completes the piece's clean and polished appearance.
The artist creates in a two-dimensional workspace and turns it into three-dimensional by making folds and creases in the paper, as well as through perforation done by scorching specific areas, which contributes to the additional dimension.
Through looking at the body of Salomon's work, it is clear that we have before us a person who, on his life journey, asks existential questions and reaches his own insights while being on a technical search that allows him to express his artistic ideas on a high level of quality.
Hana Barak Engel