Artist Talk with MOCA Artist in Residence Santina Amato
Wednesday, December 18th
Room 119 in the Graduate Studios,
1231 N Fremont Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719
Santina Amato was born in Australia to Italian Immigrants and migrated to the US in 2010. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is interested in the ephemeral nature of material and labor processes, working in a wide range of mediums from paint works on paper to large-scale installations. As a material focus, her particular interest in using bread dough within her installations, sculptures, video and photographic works, and especially in live settings, is the dough’s life cycle; once activated by warm water and sugar, the cells of yeast 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’.
By observing the similarities in the life processes of dough and her own body – the way it moves, the way it feels, the way it is observed by others, the way it is perceived by the self, its temporal relationship to the world & to others – Amato attempts to translate certain complexities through an interdisciplinary artistic dialogue. These are the complexities associated with her own experience of being female, her relationship to her own body and those that she desires, female heterosexuality, desire, erotica, intimacy, and aging.
Amato’s position as MOCA Tucson’s Artist in Residence is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency