ARTIST STATEMENT: ARTIST STATEMENT
My work combines performance, video, sculpture, photography and site-specific contexts to explore femininity and the female identity. Voyeuristic in it’s approach and adopting a deceptively childlike charm, logic and aesthetic, my work instantly transports the viewer into a feminine surrealist wonderland, a fairytale-esque environment that explores the “in-between”, the tension that lies both within the physical and psychological space of the female identity.
My interest in video questions how it can be used within a context that is removed from our everyday experience of the moving image. Most of my videos are without a beginning, middle or ending and are usually no longer than a minute or two. Looped and formed becoming a repetitive feature or pattern of performative gestures, these videos simply become a moving component of the final work which considers it’s site specific context or sits beside or included into three-dimensional objects such as a dolls house dining table or a domestic fly screen door. The audience is invited to meander through and around my installations, both physically and mentally. These ‘environments’ become a place of contemplation, of instigation, of imagination. My attempt is to subvert conventional notions of video by deconstructing linear ideas of time and space, resulting in a sculptural redefinition of the moving image.
My sculptural works are on the verge of grotesque, using objects that are typically related to the feminine such as stilettos and fake nails, either within the works or as a source of inspiration. By removing these objects from their original and intended context to beautify and feminize, they become strange and bizarre reminders of what we take for granted, or, what we do not question, as being normal in the world. Some of my sculptures are specifically created for the camera’s eye; in other words, the end result is a photograph with the sculptures intention never being for the viewer’s eye.
Melbourne born, Australian artist Santina Amato lives and works in New York, USA and is current Fellow at BRIC Media Arts House Fellowship Program, Brooklyn, supported by the American Australian Society’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund. She received a BFA in Painting (2007, Honours, 2009) from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia. Her practice combines performance, video, sculpture and site-specific contexts to explore the sensorial experience of femininity and the female identity within a surrealistic framework.
Amato is a recipient of many awards including the American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund (2014); NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists (2013); Australia Council for the Arts, ArtStart Initiative (2012); Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Early Career Grant (2012); Copyright Agency Limited, Travel Grant, Australia (2010) and Ian Potter Cultural Trust Fund, Travel Grant, Australia (2008) amongst many others.
She has participated in residency programs by Artspace Visual Arts Center, Sydney, Australia (2013); Blindside ARI, Melbourne, Australia (2013); Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia (2012); New York Art Residency and Studios Foundation, New York, U.S.A (2012); Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, U.S.A (2010); Art Channel, Beijing, China (2008) and Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China (2008).
Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and internationally within solo and group exhibitions such as The Governors Island Art Fair, New York, U.S.A (2014); The Brucennial, New York, U.S.A (2014); Detroit International Videonale, Kuntshalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, MI, U.S.A (2013); New York Foundation for the Arts, NY, U.S.A (2013); Hatched, Northside Film Festival, New York, U.S.A (2012); Currents 2012, International New Media Arts Festival, Santa Fe, U.S.A (2012); The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, Melbourne, Australia (2012); Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia (2008); Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China (2008).