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The Delight of Solitude, 2021, Acrylic on canvas

The Delight of Solitude, 2021

Acrylic on canvas

29 3/4 x 27 1/2 inches

Everywhere and Nowhere, 2021, Acrylic on canvas

Everywhere and Nowhere, 2021

Acrylic on canvas

82 1/2 x 79 1/2 inches

Let Me Be Lost, 2019, Acrylic on canvas

Let Me Be Lost, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 30 inches

Memories II, 2020, Acrylic on canvas

Memories II, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

40 x 20 inches

A Recollection II, 2021, Acrylic on canvas

A Recollection II, 2021

Acrylic on canvas

45 x 45 inches

A Recollection, 2021, Acrylic on canvas

A Recollection, 2021

Acrylic on canvas

52 x 45 inches

Another Place, 2020, Acrylic on canvas

Another Place, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

42 x 42 inches

Summer Hours, 2021, Acrylic on canvas

Summer Hours, 2021

Acrylic on canvas

20 x 16 inches

Nights of Pinks, 2021, Acrylic on canvas

Nights of Pinks, 2021

Acrylic on canvas

20 x 16 inches

Interlude, 2021, Acrylic on canvas

Interlude, 2021

Acrylic on canvas

81 1/2 x 71 inches

By Midnight, 2019, Acrylic on canvas

By Midnight, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

39 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches

Variation XXI, 2020, Acrylic on canvas

Variation XXI, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

18 x 20 inches

Variation XXII, 2020, Acrylic on canvas

Variation XXII, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

20 x 18 inches

A Secret Field, 2021

A Secret Field, 2021
Acrylic on canvas

51 x51 inches

Osmonda, 2021 Acrylic on canvas

Osmonda, 2021
Acrylic on canvas
47 1/2 x 47 1/2 inches

Press Release

“The grid is similar to a weft… I invite the viewer to walk inside the structures, like a garden they can traverse with their mind, leaving the choice to start where they want.”
– Katia Santibañez

DC Moore Gallery is pleased to present Lumens Anima, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Katia Santibañez. A catalogue with essay by Re’al Christian accompanies the exhibition.

Santibañez’s work teems with energy and utilizes fluid grid structures to examine the intricacies of organic forms. Prior visits to Rome, gazing upon Bernini sculptures and Baroque churches, followed by Barcelona in awe at Gaudi, and finally, her hometown in France with stained glass in St. Chapelle hypnotized Santibañez. The spirals, colors, and magnificence of these structures gave her an obsessive motivation to render light with a similarly rapt and vibrant effect.

Santibañez began this body of work in her studio in the Bronx which promptly changed in March 2020 when she left for Otis, Massachusetts where she currently resides. The forests around her contain oaks, hemlocks, pine trees, maples, birches, and ferns. During the winter, their barks bare, she saw their resemblance to the human form and the light glowing between the branches recalled to her the columns and stained-glass windows in European cathedrals. Santibañez also thought about the rise of climate change, forthcoming extinctions, and nature as an endangered sanctuary. The Delight of Solitude (2020) presents an array of watery blues seemingly emerging from behind a wall of darkened stems, evoking the tranquility and embrace of nature as stained glass, while Everywhere and Nowhere (2021) is a complex maze of fiery reds, oranges, and yellows, the spectacle of light radiating outwards.

In other paintings, Santibañez harnesses the form of the spiral, which is a recurring motif in her work that she continues to build upon. Patterned circular and angular forms swirl into a small vanishing point, with a push-and-pull of colors blending into and standing out from one another. For Santibañez, her spiral paintings are about cycles, repetitions, and abstractly the state of societal and ecological turmoil as within the spiral there are two different directions – upwards or downwards, growth or reduction.

“A tempest, a spiral, a shattered grid—for Santibañez, these motifs symbolize states of unrest, both internal and external. They embody her own process of coming to terms with our collective disharmony—with nature, with ourselves, and with one another.” -Re’al Christian

Katia Santibañez is an American artist, born in France. She studied painting at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts. She has been in residencies at Yaddo, NY; Casa Wabi, Mexico; The Albers Foundation, CT; Sitka, OR; and Civitella Ranieri, Italy. Her work has been collected internationally and is in both private and public collections including The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, France; Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Massachusetts; The Morgan Library and Museum; The Museum of Modern Art; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. The artist lives and works in Otis, Massachusetts and New York, NY.

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Painting Connections: Elisabeth Condon In Conversation with Katia Santibañez
September 30, 2021 via Zoom
On the occasion of Santibañez's solo exhibition Lumens Anima (September 9 - October 9, 2021)


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