Galerie D’Este is pleased to present in this drought, flood my hollow heart, the second solo show by artist Marigold Santos organized at the gallery.
Recent works of Marigold Santos continue to examine the ongoing theme of empowered selfhoods through embracing fragmentation and multiplicity of personal identity, informed by lived experience and impressed upon our landscapes, real or imagined.
In this exhibition, the emotional landscape is personified by drafting together memories and traversed physical landscapes to create a collage of meaning and experience.
Geological forms, objects, and foliage become the characters within these surreal landscapes. Through anthropomorphisation, they embody the projection of emotionality and function as surrogates for the absent body. Layered and collaged imagery creates an expression of specific moments; interior and exterior vignettes that, through a reflection of space and surroundings, invite contemplation and awareness.
Evoking hours of transitioning light, quiet and stillness provide the setting for meditations that comfortably hover in the gradient. As enduring time pushes mountain, carves rock, and highlights the slow yet persistent growth of arid plant life, the absent figure records memories that are edited together to create new narratives. Love lost, love gained, isolation, solitude, melancholy, depression, vulnerability and courage.
Born in the Philippines in 1981, Marigold Santos holds a BFA with honours from the University of Calgary and an MFA from Concordia University in Montreal. Her multidisciplinary practice traverses drawing, printmaking, sculpture, animation, and sound, questioning and exploring issues of identity and the construction of personal myth. Recipient of several prizes and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, she has participated in numerous exhibitions across Canada and internationally. Recent participations include the Alberta Biennial and Art Toronto in 2017, Foire Papier in 2016, and SOFT exhibition at the Superchief Gallery in Los Angeles in 2016. Marigold Santos was a finalist in the prestigious Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art in 2012. The artist lives and works in Montreal and Calgary. She is represented by Galerie D’Este in Montreal.