Santina Amato

Open Studios, 4Heads Portal

June 24th – June 26th, 2022

Colonels Row, Governors Island, NYC

4Heads Portal 2022 Session I Artist In Residence will be opening their studio doors to the public.

June 24th-26th


408A Colonels Row, 

Governors Island.

Artist In Residence, 4Heads Portal

May 1st – August 19th, 2022

Colonels Row, Governors Island, NYC

Santina Amato has been invited back to Governors Island for Session I of 4Heads Portal 2022 Artist In Residence program. Amato plans to continue the work in sculpture she started last year and develop the work into a site specific sculpture, set in the kitchen of the old Colonels home.

Around The Table; Stories of The Food We Love

June 5th – September 11th, 2022

New York Botanical Gardens, NYC

Open Studio, 4Heads Portal

Sunday 31st October, 2021


407 Colonels Row, Governors Island, NY

Artist in her studio on Governors Island

Occupying the living room of the disused Colonels homes, Amato has been Artist In Residence with 4Heads Portal on Governors Island since April, 2021. On Sunday October 31st, she will be opening her studio door to the public to showcase her current series of large scale sculpture. All welcome. Presenting proof of vaccine and the wearing of masks inside any building on Governors Island, will be mandated.

Work In Progress, 4Heads Portal

Current work in progress.

July 9th, 2021

Current work in progress as Artist in Residence at 4Heads Portal, Governors Island, NYC and studio view. Please contact to schedule a studio visit. Residency ends November 30th, 2021.

Found furniture, recycled paper, plastic, plaster gauze, joint compound, glue, flour, latex paint, watercolour.

Artist and Curator Zoom Conversation

A public conversation between Artist Santina Amato and Curator Lisa Freiman

Link Below

April 21st, 2021

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Santina Amato and Curator Lisa Freiman have a conversation about the artist’s exhibition, Santina Amato:

Convulsive Beauty.

Convulsive Beauty is on view at Bucknell University’s Samek Art Museum's Downtown Gallery from April 14 through June 12, 2021.

Convulsive Beauty

An exhibition of works by Santina Amato, Curated by Lisa Freiman

Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University, Lewisberg, PA

Opening April 14th, 2021

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"Beauty will be convulsive or not at all … Convulsive beauty will be veiled-erotic, fixed-explosive, magic circumstantial or not at all." 

-- André Breton


The exhibition title Convulsive Beauty derives from the irrational and contradictory concept that André Breton introduced in his books Nadja (1928) and Mad Love (1937). Conceived, planned, and installed via Zoom calls and email in the midst of a global pandemic, Convulsive Beauty was literally created as an out-of-body, virtual, nearly-cyborgian experience between the artist and curator. The exhibition includes abstract works – photographs, ceramics, and new digital prints – that touch upon the notion of the psychosexual body as a living organism and a site of desire. The work has an uncanny sensibility: portraits show women in familiar domestic settings covered mysteriously in amorphous, oozing piles of dough that approximate their weight; biomorphic white ceramic vessels with shiny, screaming-red interiors suggest fleshy genitalia and bodily orifices awaiting penetration. The latest work, which has never been exhibited before, is made from digital

line drawings that Amato has populated with film stills from her Amateur Porn series. She then manipulates the resulting contorted abstractions that intertwine and writhe like body parts. While diverse in medium and appearance, these works share a common vocabulary of colors and biomorphic shapes that simultaneously allude to the interior and exterior states of the body.


Santina Amato was born in Australia to Italian immigrants and has lived and worked in the USA since 2010. Her practice includes a wide range of mediums and formats from painting to sewn sculptures, installations,

sculptures, video, and photographic works, and live performances. Amato is interested in the physical nature of varying materials that relate to the domestic environment, such as bread dough, bedsheets, fresh produce, as well as the labor processes used when working with these materials. As a material focus, she often uses bread dough in unexpected ways in installations, sculptures, video and photographic works, and in live settings. For Amato, the life cycle of dough is a powerful metaphor for exploring the ideas of birth and decay, bodily processes, sexuality, and the erotic. When yeast is activated by warm water and sugar, the cells of it split and divide similarly to when an egg is fertilized by sperm. There is a peak moment when dough is voluptuous, full, and ripe, just before it begins to 'die.'


Lisa Freiman is an internationally recognized curator, museum professional, and professor with over thirty years of experience in the field of contemporary art. Freiman has supported a diverse array of emerging and underrecognized artists throughout the United States and abroad with major exhibitions, commissions, acquisitions, and publications. Throughout her career, she has maintained a steadfast interest in feminist art practices, collaboration, and the contemporary recuperation of historic Surrealism. Freiman currently works as an independent curator and writer with a tenured faculty appointment in Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts in Richmond, Virgina.

Amato Featured In Lenscratch

Polotics of the Kitchen, written by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman

April 13, 2021

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Online publication featuring works by artists who work with food.


4 Heads, Governors Islan, New York, NY, USA

April 19th, 2021 – October 15th, 2021

Amato has been selected to participate in an Artist-in-Residence program with 4 Heads on Governors Island in New York. Her position will begin April 19th through October 15th, 2021. Amato plans to create large scale sculptures using domestic furniture, and end her residency creating a site specific work for the Open Studios event scheduled in September. Details will follow.

Seedbed Published in Emergency Index Vol 9

December 3rd, 2020

Photo Rob Southard

Amato's performance, Seedbed, 2019 has been included in Emergency INDEX Vol. 9 publication and is now available for pre-order on the link below. Publishing release date is December 15th, 2020.

The pages of Emergency INDEX are open to all who work with performance. In each annual volume, contributors document works made in the previous year. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX reveals the breathtaking variety of practices used in performance work today. Each volume features a comprehensive index of key terms used by contributors in describing and discussing their own work.

Begun in 2011, INDEX is a lens for seeing the field of contemporary performance from the ground up.

INDEX Vol. 9 presents 310 works from 55 countries performed during 2019, documented in the words of their creators.


Bethany Arts Community Artist-In_Residence Artist Talk

October 30th, 2020

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Facebook Live

Artist-in-Residence Santina Amato will be presenting on her work and practice to date, and the work created while AIR at Bethany Arts Community.

Follow link below to view recording.


Bethany Arts Community

October 20th-30th, 2020

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Bethany Arts Community

40 Somerstown Rd,

Ossining, NY

10562, United States

Santina Amato is will be Artist-in-Residence at Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY. Amato intends on creating new work using cotton bedsheets sourced from eBay, natural beeswax and pine rosin to create outdoor sculptures that are designed to decompose over time.

Amato’s Work Featured in Create Magazine’s Women Edition

April 1st, 2020

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We are excited to announce the launch of the women’s edition of 2020, expected to be released after April 20th, 2020. A special thank you to our guest curator Liezel Strauss for carefully selecting work to feature in this special issue.


Cover Artist: Arghavan Khosrav

Feature Articles

A Weight on our Shoulders: Santina Amato’s Portaits of Women with their Weight in Dough by Alicia Puig

What Binds Us: Arghavan Khosravi Paints the Tension Within the Female Experience by Christina Nafziger

Charlotte Jansen: Women Writing on Women Writing on Art by Christina Nafziger

Landscapes, Light, and Layering: Interview with Gill Rocca by Alicia Puig

Art as a Guarantee of Sanity: Interview with Holly Ballard Martz by Alicia Puig

‘Surround Yourself With What Makes You Happy!’: A Profile on Artist and Entrepreneur Margalit Romano By Zoë Goetzmann

Artist Talk with MOCA Artist in Residence Santina Amato

University of Arizona

December 18th, 2019

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Wednesday, December 18th


University of Arizona,

Graduate Gallery,

1231 N Fremont Ave,

Tucson, AZ 85719

Please join us for an artist talk by Santina Amato on her multidisciplanry work. Amato is current Artist-in-Residence at MOCA Tucson’s which is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Screening: Angeliki at MOCA Tucson

Thursday 12th December, 2019

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Screening on the third floor of MOCA Tucson

Museum of Contemporary Art

265 South Church Avenue

Tucson, AZ, 85701

Thursday December 12th, 2019

7pm – 9pm including Q&A.


Current MOCA Tucson Artist in Residence Santina Amato, is proud to present Angeliki, a durational video portrait of a women with her weight in dough. The durational video is 83 minutes long, capturing dough slowly creeping to consume a woman and her personal space. It is the first time Amato will be presenting one of her full length video works within a public screening setting.


The creation of this work was partially supported by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 2019 Individual Artist Grant and is an ongoing series.


Amato’s position as AIR at MOCA Tucson is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

MOCA Tucson Artist-In-Residence Artist Talk

December 3rd, 2019

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Join us for an evening talk with our newest Artist in Residence, Santina Amato.

December 3rd, 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Museum of Contemporary Art


265 South Church Avenue

Tucson, AZ, 85701


Members: Free

Public: $10