In my practice, I explore the ways in which ideas of self can become multiple, fragmented, and dislocated and then re-invented and created through a reflection of what is considered home. Through my imagery, I seek to negotiate the narratives of past and present; in their re-telling and reconfiguring, they transform to become personal myth whose imagery functions in the fantastical and otherworldly. This is the realm of play where I situate my work.
In recent works, the fragmented and multiple self is investigated through a hybridization of Filipino and Western folklore, geological processes, weather systems, cosmic and interstellar landscapes, and coincide with references to childhood games that attempt to connect and communicate with the supernatural to bring what is not of the home, into what is the home – suggesting boundaries crossed in favor of testing limits and gauging what to fear and believe, and how to make sense of the unknowable.
Marigold Santos pursues an inter-disciplinary art practice involving drawn and printed works, sculpture, animation, and sound. She holds a BFA with Honours from the University of Calgary, and an MFA from Concordia University in Montréal. She is a recipient of numerous awards such as Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts Fellowship, and is a grant 2013 recipient of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and was awarded a Research and Creation Grant from Canada Council for the Arts in 2014. She has exhibited at Toronto’s Harbourfront Center (OTHER WORLDS), the Richmond Art Gallery (Attachments) and has had solo exhibitions at the ODD Gallery in Dawson City, Yukon (Unearthly, Uprising), Galerie Articule in Montreal (COVEN RING), and Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario, with her most recent work BLACK MIRROR in Calgary’s Pith Gallery. She was also selected to represent Canada in the 4th annual UNESCO Art Camp in July 2014. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at Calgary’s Stride Gallery and Montreal’s Galerie D’Este, both in 2016. She currently divides her practice between Calgary, Alberta, and Montréal, Quebec.
Find out more at www.marigoldsantos.com