Bookmarking Book Art – Mary Ann Santin

Australian artist Mary Ann Santin studied at the Adelaide Central School of Art and has exhibited at the State Library of South Australia, the Miele Gallery and Loreto Spring Art Show. Her techniques and themes echo those of Jessica Drenk, Guy Laramee and Georgia Russell.

A5 green, 2012 found encyclopaedia, paraffin wax, dye 21cm x 15cm x 5cm
A5 green, 2012
found encyclopaedia,
paraffin wax, dye
21cm x 15cm x 5cm
"1962", 2012 Sanded work  Found encyclopaedia 28cm x 92cm x 13cm
“1962”, 2012
Sanded work
Found encyclopaedia
28cm x 92cm x 13cm
Spring two, 2012 Books in rubber and glass
Spring two, 2012
Books in rubber and glass

Material investigations were also an important process in the search for the most relevant means to suspend, submerge, and cover-up objects and paintings. Books treated as if they were blocks of wood, paper erasures buried under paint, and print techniques on glass allowed the metamorphosis of forms or objects to embody these ideas of absence denoting presence.

I see my body of work as a positive process of repurposing objects and old paintings that no longer fear the loss of remembrance. That holding pattern between grief and loss remains suspended within memory and our day- to- day acknowledgement of their existence. This sense of quiet melancholy finally gives way to acceptance and permission to start anew.

See more of Mary Ann Santin’s work here.

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