Caroline Santa is an artist based in Philadelphia, PA. She holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Delaware. Her work utilizes drawing and painting on paper in a spontaneous manner, which often becomes sculptural and performative. Santa is a 2007 recipient of The Charles Addams Prize. She has exhibited her work throughout the northeast and internationally in Colombia, South America. Caroline is a cofounder of the artist run gallery, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, where she has had two solo shows and is included in the Drawing Center's online Viewing Program. View more of Caroline's work at www.carolinesanta.com.
My work is recording the history of itself. All of the work was once my past work, carrying a separate impetus, meaning, and context. I edit by removing sections that are no longer concurrent with my evolving visual language. First, I make compulsory mixed media drawings on paper. They are usually about spaces, shapes, patterns, and colors. Later, the drawings are cut, ripped, crossed out, or painted over in order to make them part of my visual language. I have piles, stacks, folders, boxes, and various tangled messes in my studio that contain my ever-growing repertoire of units. These units can be arranged in a myriad of different poses and combinations.
The material that becomes my work is an ever-expanding catalogue that is constantly changing. I do not usually attach or adhere elements together as I work. I record possibilities with a camera, but there is a chance that next time the paper might lay differently, or I may find a different solution. In this way, the work is performative.
My pieces are either presented as piles on the floor, hung on the wall, or waist-high on tables (like books or maps). They could be art or just mysterious piles of paper. This humble quality is paramount to my work. The vulnerability of paper is important to me-it’s immediacy, and flexibility. It’s not necessarily an art material. Paper records time through accidental marks, tears, or wrinkles. Many of my works do not stay the same over time, as it is almost impossible to store large pieces of paper pristinely. Instead of fighting this, I embrace it.
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