A few days ago I visited the studio of Santina Amato; I was in for a treat. While Amato’s past work has included performative installations, such as repeatedly attempting to cast the perfect pair of ice stilettos in Frozen Volatility, 2013 (pictured above), her more recent work is more of an skewed study of the body through video, installation, and sculpture. One of the strongest pieces I saw in the studio was a slow motion video that rolled past stuffed stockings, which appear to be unrecognizable flesh on camera. A relationship guru gives advice in the audio background as the video rolls over the intimately intertwined sculptures.
“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.“ – Santina Amato
This is not feminist work, but it is decidedly female work. In today’s art world that alone is still a striking public declaration. Let’s hope this artist finds museum programming in more than just “feminist” art shows. I recommend mass exposure for her work.
Amato’s next exhibition “Erroneously Predisposed” will open September 6th, 2014 at the Governor’s Island Art Fair.
There is also an an amazing photo journal of her work available for $100 USD + $10 shipping. Email email@example.com for more purchase information.
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