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Cristina de los Santos
updated: 05/22/2011
website: www.cristinadls.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Host
Blush
Quick Sand
Undertow
Muscle In
Traveling Bruise
Pummel
Shredder
Tremor
Incubator
Peeled
Electric Green
Metal Collide
Connecticut Woo Woo
Fragment Hold
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, collage, landscape, process
 
 
Host by Cristina de los Santos
Host
collaged lithographs, chalk on mylar and paper
2008
36" x  108" 
Blush by Cristina de los Santos
Blush
collaged drawing, chalk, colored pencil on paper
2008
54" x  102" 
Quick Sand by Cristina de los Santos
Quick Sand
collaged drawing, chalk, colored pencil on paper
2009
54" x  102" 
Undertow by Cristina de los Santos
Undertow
collaged drawing, chalk, graphite, colored pencil on paper
2009
66 " x  132 " 
Muscle In by Cristina de los Santos
Muscle In
chalk, collaged drawing on multiple sheets of grey paper
2008
72" x  126" 
Traveling Bruise by Cristina de los Santos
Traveling Bruise
chalk, colored pencil on paper
2008
84" x  108" 
Pummel by Cristina de los Santos
Pummel
collaged drawing, chalk, graphite, colored pencil, red wax trasfer paper on paper
2008
29" x  53" 
Shredder by Cristina de los Santos
Shredder
collaged drawing, chalk, colored pencil on paper
2008
30" x  90" 
Tremor by Cristina de los Santos
Tremor
chalk, colored rubber bands on paper
2008
55" x  74.5" 
Incubator by Cristina de los Santos
Incubator
chalk, colored pencil on paper
2007
42" x  68" 
Peeled by Cristina de los Santos
Peeled
chalk, colored pencil, pen on colored matboard
2010
40" x  32" 
Electric Green by Cristina de los Santos
Electric Green
chalk, glue on colored matboard
2010
32" x  40" 
Metal Collide  by Cristina de los Santos
Metal Collide
colored pencil, chalk, metallic pencil on colored matboard
2010
32" x  40" 
Connecticut Woo Woo by Cristina de los Santos
Connecticut Woo Woo
graphite, oil pastel on paper mounted to wood
2010
20" x  28" 
Fragment Hold by Cristina de los Santos
Fragment Hold
oil pastel, colored pencil, ink on paper mounted to wood
2011
11" x  14" 

Artist Statement

 

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

Education


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

Exhibition Record

2009

•    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[2] Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2008
•    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

2007
•    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