Salt Queen Bettina Werner

Salt! It is the white crystalline substance that gives seawater its characteristic taste. It is something most of us use everyday for seasoning for food. It is something so common you probably don’t even give it any thought but in the hands of  The Salt Queen salt becomes extraordinary!

Bettina Werner, earned the title of “The Queen of Salt” because of her pioneering use of salt in art creating paintings, sculptures and installations.  Her revolutionary invention of textured colorized salt technique, was developed in the early 1980’s and the artwork shown below was created with the textured colorized salt technique.

Salt Queen Bettina Werner
Tramonto della ferita interiore, 1992  (5 panels 80 x 24 inches each)
© Bettina Werner 1992 All Rights Reserved  Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation

When Bettina Werner began painting she wanted to find a unique material that would be her signature for her artistic expression– something that would bring to her work its own inherent qualities of history, culture and symbolic meaning while at the same time be beautifully unique. While studying at the prestigious Brera Academy of Fine Art in Milan, Ms.Werner found salt to be just the element she was looking for.

A wonderfully textural, transparent, crystal that represents so much history, value and philosophic meaning, while keeping the power of the immense force of the sea – Ms.Werner became intrigued by the value of salt throughout ancient history. Discovering salt to be her own treasure, Bettina Werner began studying combinations of textures and colors with salt crystals to maximize different results creating a unique signature of artistic language.

Her artwork is in revering salt in vibrant colors and I have selected a few favorite pieces to share here. You can more of her artwork and learn more about Bettina at her website.

Salt Queen Bettina Werner
Costruzione salina della pienezza della mia gioia, 1993  (10 x 8 inches each N.4 pieces)
© Bettina Werner 1993 All Rights Reserved  Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation
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A Big Girl , 2004 (N.4 panels 47 x 47 inches each)
© Bettina Werner 2004 All Rights Reserved Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation
Salt Queen Bettina Werner
Nomadismo, 1992  N.10 pieces 10 x 8 inches each
© Bettina Werner 1992 All Rights Reserved  Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation
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Salt Yellow Construction,2003  N.4 pieces 8 x 10 inches each
© Bettina Werner 2003 All Rights Reserved  Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation

Salt Queen Bettina Werner

The 102 Dalmatians Salt Crystal Art Collection was inspired by Bettina Werner’s beloved companion “TIBINO”

The way dogs love us is probably beyond our understanding, a love few humans are ever able to return in equal proportions…

Thank you Tibino for the precious time we shared and for the memories we made together. Thank you for what we taught one another and for the knowledge we exchanged. Indeed he was my great treasure, an amazing soul, a dazzling beauty, that I’ll cherish forever and look eagerly forward to seeing again. ~ Bettina Werner

Salt Queen Bettina Werner
Dalmatian Salt Crystal Painting: Tibino’s Light, 2001  4 pieces 20 x 20 inches each
© Bettina Werner 2001 All Rights Reserved  Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation
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SALT CRYSTAL LADYBUG, 2007 (male ladybug- diameter 10 inches)
© Bettina Werner 2007 All Rights Reserved  Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation

I was first amazed when a Ladybug appeared on the window of my Wall street loft , can you image seeing a ladybug on the 21st floor? Suddenly I looked at her spots, then Tibino’s spots popped into my mind. I realized that my dalmatian dog Tibino sent me a good luck message and gave me a new inspiration to create the ladybug series. My ladybugs artworks are 17 male, 17 female and 17 baby paintings. Each work in the colors of orange, red and yellow. No.17 is also an unlucky number like No.13, I chose to create 17 of each because it is balanced by the good luck from the ladybugs.The female ladybug paintings are bigger then the male as I was amazed to discover what happens in nature. I’m now working on the “Queen Ladybugs” series that are rounded and much bigger in diameter size paintings. Who knows how much more good luck the Queen Ladybug will bring! -Bettina Werner

Salt Queen Bettina Werner

In 2012, Bettina Werner founded The Salt Queen Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution, its goals include the celebration of artists whose free imagination is uniquely expressed through the use of innovative techniques and unusual materials. http://www.thesaltqueenfoundation.org

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