Santino Amato

2022 Aim Fellow

Biography

I was raised in Australia by working class Italian immigrants and groomed to become the perfect housewife/mother because my gender automatically placed me within that traditional role from birth. Labor exists in navigating a working class existence but also in any female experience whether carving out ones own identity beyond cultural traditions and expectations, or breaking down gender stereotypes within both personal and professional relationships.

My work explores the physical nature of materials that relate back to the domestic environment, such as bread dough, bed sheets, and junk mail. As a material focus, I am interested in labor processes and the life cycle of bread dough; once activated by warm water and sugar, the cells of yeast split and divide, similar to when an egg is fertilized by sperm. There is a peak moment when dough is voluptuous, full, and ripe, just before it begins to ‘die’.

Working within a multidisciplinary context producing large-scale sculpture using materials such as toilet paper and junk mail, live time-based performance, durational video or photographic portraiture, my work aims to explore and redefine a new role for myself within a contemporary and unconventional domestic environment.

Artist Statement

I was raised in Australia by working class Italian immigrants and groomed to become the perfect housewife/mother because my gender automatically placed me within that traditional role from birth. Labor exists in navigating a working class existence but also in any female experience whether carving out ones own identity beyond cultural traditions and expectations, or breaking down gender stereotypes within both personal and professional relationships.

My work explores the physical nature of materials that relate back to the domestic environment, such as bread dough, bed sheets, and junk mail. As a material focus, I am interested in labor processes and the life cycle of bread dough; once activated by warm water and sugar, the cells of yeast split and divide, similar to when an egg is fertilized by sperm. There is a peak moment when dough is voluptuous, full, and ripe, just before it begins to ‘die’.

Working within a multidisciplinary context producing large-scale sculpture using materials such as toilet paper and junk mail, live time-based performance, durational video or photographic portraiture, my work aims to explore and redefine a new role for myself within a contemporary and unconventional domestic environment.

Carol, 2019
Dis-rupted, 2018
Seedbed, 2019
Untitled, 2021
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