Untitled (Dough Project, Self Portrait)
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Santina Amato is an interdisciplinary artist born in Australia to Italian immigrants. She has lived and worked in the USA since 2010. Her practice incorporates video, sculpture, installation, painting and photography.
Her work is deeply rooted in psychoanalytic thinking and feminist theory, in which she attempts to translate the complexities of her own female sexuality, desire and erotica within a patriarchal system.
Amato received a Master of Fine Arts at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Her video works have been screened at ExFest Film and Video Festival, Chicago, Brooklyn Public TV, New York, and The International Women’s Day Video Screening in Melbourne, Australia. She has exhibited extensively in Australia and the U.S.A including Detroit International Videonale, Kuntshalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, MI, and Currents 2012, International New Media Arts Festival, Santa Fe, NM. She is the founder and director of Moving_Image_00:00, a biannual festival of moving image works created by Chicago based artists. She has received funding from the American Australian Association, NY, and held positions as Fellow and Artist-in-Residence at ACRE, Steuben, WI (Forthcoming), Artspace Visual Arts Center, Sydney, Australia, New York Art Residency and Studios Foundation, New York, U.S.A and BRIC Media Arts House, Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Amato’s work is part of a collective photographic portfolio at The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago and video collection at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia.
“My work is driven by process, resulting in conceptions that come from my female body, drawing on themes such as strangeness/foreignness, intimacy & vulnerability, self & other, presence & absence, and horror/desire. My interest in using bread dough within my practice is its life cycle; once activated by warm water and sugar, the yeast cells 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’. The ephemeral qualities allow for representations of birth, growth, time, sexuality, bodily limits, aging, death, & decay. My practice is deeply rooted in psychoanalytical thinking, feminist theory and my own experience of being female. I translate my bodily experience: 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, and the complexities I have experienced of female heterosexuality, desire, gaze, and erotica within a patriarchal system. I connect my practice through an interdisciplinary artistic dialogue between performance, video, sculpture, photography, painting, and drawing, that is viewed through an emotional, psychological, and/or corporeal lens.”
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