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Santina Amato, sculptor and painter, will share her process for making ephemeral sculptures that decompose overtime. While at Bethany she is designing sculptures that will exist in the gardens of Bethany before decomposing.
While in residency at Bethany, Santina is looking forward to being able to create her ephemeral nature sculptures using a new method of cotton soaked in beeswax. Designed to decompose in the environment, Santina will capture the decomposition over the residency in photographs.
About the Artist
Santina Amato incorporates video, sculpture, installation, painting and photography to explore the notion of the intimate body, especially the female body. Her practice and is deeply rooted in attempting to translate the complexities of her own female sexuality, desire and erotica. Amato was born in Australia to Italian immigrants, and has lived and worked in the USA since 2010. She received an MFA (Photography) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017) and has been supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Australian Council for the Arts. Exhibitions and screenings include The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Here Arts Center, NYC, Governors Island Art Fair, NYC and Detroit International Videonale, Kuntshalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, MI. Amato has held positions as Fellow and Artist-in-Residence at MOCA Tucson supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA), MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA supported by the City of Chicago’s DCASE, 2018 IAP Grant, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN, Process Park, Artslant & Chashama, Pine Plains, NY, Filed/Work Program, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL. Amato Founded and Directed Moving_Image_00:00, a biannual festival in Chicago of moving image works by Chicago-based artists between 2016-2019. Her work is part of a collective photographic portfolio at The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and The Art Institute of Chicago and video collection at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia.