Like Dr. Frankenstein, or a magician, I invent new marks to act together with drawn forms in order to incite explosions or secretions. Using color, amorphous forms, and symbolic marks, I explore corporeality. The work often suggests the body, during a surgical procedure, while healing, breathing, and pulsing. I push marks into a chaotic emotional state much the same way that human relationships can be pushed to the brink of disaster. The resulting tension from the varied active marks can represent competition, desire, containment, or circulation.
Sometimes the marks I make are actually the cuts made in paper with a thin blade. The resulting shadow and highlight caused by the cut, creates an evocative mark of illumination. Other materials used include pencil, chalk, marker, glue, stickers, gouache, and cut up old drawings. I use office supplies because I’m interested in their dual purpose, and their democratic utility.
With each piece I intend to push drawing to its limits. Paper is used as a substrate because it is adaptable to varying techniques and I can be generous with scale. I create disruption and order with my drawings. A little disorder is always left behind ending with off-kilter or twisted compositions.
It is my hope that the viewer is able to recognize an outside force imposing itself on the drawing, like a strong wind, or a rush of water through the combination of marks and forms. Sometimes, I physically tear apart the drawing to add a more tangible destructive layer. The drawings are meant to operate autonomously, yet seen together, they create an effect of a throbbing cadence as forms seem to quiver off the walls and paper.
Artist Bio / CV
Cristina de los Santos
MFA, Painting/Drawing, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, May 2009
BFA, Studio Art (Honors), The University of Texas, Austin, May 2002
Study Abroad - Italy, The University of Texas, Austin, August-December 2001
• Miniatures and More, Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Visual Individuals, Central New Mexico Community College Studio Faculty, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Obsession:Contemporary Relics, Second Annual Juried UNM Art Exhibit, VSA North Fourth Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• De-composing, MFA Thesis Exhibition, AC Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Judicial Notice III, Juried Graduate Exhibition, Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Crossing, Juried Graduate Exhibition, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Debris D’ Atelier, Cruz Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
• Splash, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Juried Graduate Exhibition Juror, Suzanne Sbarge, Executive Director, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Leftovers, two person show at Studio Three Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Donkey Gallery, exhibited drawings with Malcom Stuart and Bec Stupac, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Donkey Gallery, exhibited drawings with John Wanger, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Showcase Showdown, John Sommers Gallery, UNM, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Out of the Underground 516 Arts, Juried Graduate Exhibition Juror, Laura Heon, Director/Curator Site Santa Fe, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Awards and Activities
• Summer Internship, National Gallery of Art, Exhibition Design-Silkscreen Shop, Washington DC 6/09-8/09
• Harry Nadler Memorial Fellowship, The University of New Mexico, 2008-2009
• Mavis Alleyne Scholarship, The University of New Mexico, 2007-2008
• Participant in the Tamarind Artist Collaborative Course, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Spring 2007
• Secretary-Graduate Art Association, The University of New Mexico, 2007-2008
• Constance Forsyth Scholarship in Printmaking, The University of Texas at Austin, 2001