Exhibition Runs: October 8th to November 30th, 2012
Closing Reception: November 15th, 7-8PM
At the UAS +15 Gallery
Can you imagine how frightening it would be to try and fight something you can't see? It always seems to take a tragic event before something becomes visible to society. Much like illness and disease, you are invisible to society until the illness overtakes your body and then you become visible to society. I don't look sick, but sometimes it’s the non-visual that's the scariest thing.
My inspiration, my spirit guide the Black wolf, is almost always present in my work. I have Lupus an auto Immune disease, for which there is no cure. I rely heavily on my art helping getting through the hardships of everyday life. It’s extremely scary to have a disease that grabs you by the throat and gives you a shake every so often. I find comfort in getting lost in my own inner images and voices and quite enjoy the spiritual journey I am facing.
The images I use help with the path of life and illness I was dealt. I find that the images lean towards a spiritual journey meant for me to rediscover myself. I am very aware of my work and tone my craft with aesthetics and semiotics. I learn from the process and interrogate these fresh ideas into my work. Most often the process is of self-discovery and the ideas are from that process.
I use many layers in my work, it’s not until you stop to look at it do you see the many different layers and images begin to appear. I cut out a lot of the images to represent what Lupus can take from you. This also represents illness and disease. My illness I feel is a path rather than an obstacle in my path to creativity and self-discovery.
Cindy Santa was born in Canmore Alberta, She grew up in Snow Lake, Manitoba, and moved back to Alberta in 1995 and now resides in Okotoks AB. Cindy is a wife and a mother to 3 boys. Cindy will be receiving her Bachelor of Fine Art from Alberta College of Art and Design in 2013, where she majored in Sculpture. Some of her accomplishments have been, in 2007 she received the Recognition Award while attending Bow Valley College. While being at ACAD she has won, the Delwyn Darling Memorial Scholarship, in 2010 she won the Janet Mitchell Bursary and also the James Lillian Budd Family Bursary. She also has 3 murals on board the Edmonton Queen Riverboat,(2003). She has done a backdrop for a HGTV show called “One Garden Two Looks.”(2006) Cindy was diagnosed Lupus in 2008 and since then she has worked with notions of disease and illness in the spiritual sense. Her work focuses on the unimportant, unseen, and the invisible, and brings light to these issues through her unique process involving multiple layers and incredible details.