Blanket Asuang 2 , 2015, oil on panel, 30" x 30"

Blanket Asuang 2, 2015, oil on panel, 30" x 30"

Marigold Santos

Exhibition Dates: January 8 - February 20, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday January 8, 7-11pm

DNA artspace is pleased to present BLACK MIRROR a solo-exhibition by Montreal based artist, Marigold Santos. In BLACK MIRROR, what is normally concealed becomes temporarily revealed through a shift of light, an eclipse – only for the purpose of alchemical transformation and reconfiguration into a new form, concept, emotion, thought. The artist references multivalent Asuang creatures of Filipino folklore. Shrouded in layers of tension and texture, they pose quiet questions regarding the weighted notion of a secret. What is hidden beneath a boundary? What results when the threshold begins to deteriorate and disintegrate, to then evolve, and permit pluralness and porousness? What is revealed? What was in shadow is acknowledged, and embraced. The darkside.

Marigold Santos explores how ideas of self can become multiple, fragmented, dislocated and then re-invented and created through a reflection of what is considered home. Her family’s immigration from the Philippines to Canada in the late 80’s serves as a departure point to the ideas of hybridity and multiplicity of self – where the social landscape and politics, the physical differences of geography from one country to the next, and the sense of a young self adapting to their new environment is considered and explored. Santos negotiates 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.

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