|See Through Dots|
|Acrylic and spray paint on tissue and newsprint|
|26 " x 18 "|
|Gouache and Graphite on Paper|
|45 " x 55 "|
|Acrylic, gouache, graphite on paper|
|18 " x 24 "|
|Gouache on paper|
|28 " x 26 "|
|Acrylic and graphite powder on paper|
|75 " x 55 "|
|Sign, Card, Label|
|Oil, acrylic, gouache on paper|
|50 " x 20 "|
|Graphite powder and gouache on paper|
|16 " x 50 "|
|Gouache, spray paint, tape, cardboard on paper|
|26 " x 9 "|
|Due to Underlying Instabilities|
|Colored pencil and gouache on paper|
|24" x 18"|
|Acrylic and gouache on paper|
|24" x 28"|
|acrylic on plastic|
|18" x 42"|
|graphite, gouache, acrylic on paper and tissue|
|24" x 32"|
|Flags Over Texts|
|Acrylic on sewn paper|
|18" x 14"|
|Green Intersection with Splatter|
|Acrylic, latex on paper|
|28" x 42"|
|Falling Out, But It's Not Moving|
|Gouache on paper and plastic|
|48" x 20"|
|Statement||Bio / CV|
|Statement||Bio / CV|
My work is recording the history of itself. All of it was once a part of something else-with a separate impetus, meaning, and context. I am the editor as remove sections that are concurrent with my evolving visual language. First, I make lots of 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. I may show them and photograph them in one context, only to try another way later. It is not unlike the way I made lists of all my articles of clothing as a teenager, and wrote out all the possible combinations to create as many outfits as possible.
I am in search of surprise. Something I was not expecting. A combination of two, three, four, or five different parts that sings, collides, clashes, or just works. It cannot be planned.
The longer I work in this way, the more important time becomes, as each unit is getting older and in turn, more full of weight and meaning. I enjoy knowing that at the moment of their making, the units were meant to be a part of a drawing or image. Until they find their place with another in a way that seems fast and random, they are remnants, tools, or materials. Change happens as I make choices and decisions.
Sometimes my pieces are hung on the wall, sometimes they are resting on the floor or sitting on tables. 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, flexibility, and vulnerability. It’s not necessarily an art material. Paper records time through accidental marks, tears, or wrinkles. 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.
Artist Bio / CV
2007 MFA The University of Pennsylvania
2005 BFA The University of Delaware
Selected Exhibitions (Solo shows are marked with *)
2012 Twee Abstraction, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia
West Philly Abstraction, UCAL, Philadelphia
2011Coda, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia*
RSVP, NWAA, Wilmington, DE
Work, The Crane, Philadelphia
Faculty Show,Tyler Gallery, Philadelphia
Chain Letter, Samson, Boston
2010Vanishing Point, UnSmoke Space, Braddock, PA
Places Everyone, Gross McCleaf, Philadelphia
Who You Know, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia
2009Future Past Imperfect, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia*
Getting Ready For Prom, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia
2008Untitled, Ethical Society, Philadelphia
New Faces, City Hall, Philadelphia
Erratic, 817, Philadelphia
2007Espacios Sicologicos, Lucy Tejada, Colombia*
Naked Paper, Jenny Jaskey Gallery, Philadelphia
A Verb Becomes a Noun, Flux Gallery, Philadelphia
Thesis Show, Icebox, Philadelphia
Points of Departure, Fox Gallery, Philadelphia
Member’s Show, DCCA, Wilmington, DE
2007Charles Addams Prize
Residency: Lucy Tejada, Pereira, Colombia
2006Piero Dorazio Award
Merit Scholarship, The University of Pennsylvania
Connor, Alexander. “Twee Abstraction”. [^] Land. 12 Jan, 2012.
Philips, Julian. “Caroline Santa’s Coda At Tiger Strikes Asteroid”. The Artblog. May 26, 2011.
“Caroline Santa”. Art Pneuma. June 2011.
Newhall, Edith. “Different kind of auto show”. Philadelphia Inquirer. August 6, 2010.
Fallon, Roberta and Rosof, Lobby. “Look! It’s Lobby and Roberta-Yuichi Hibi, Andrew Pinkham, Carolina Santa”.
Rosof, Libby. “Tiger Strikes Asteroid Any Day Now!” The Artblog. Feb 12, 2009.
Fallon, Roberta. “Dreamy Erratic Imagism”. The Artblog. Feb 7, 2008.
Ossa, German E. “El Zoo Lógico”. El Diario El Otun. Nov 18, 2007.
Zuleta, Margarita. “Expone en Pereira”. La Tarde, Pereira, Colombia. Nov 15, 2007.
Ossa, German E. El Diario El Atun. “Caroline Santa”. Sunday, 28 September 2007.
Roberta Fallon. The Artblog. “Naked Paper.” July 25, 2007.