Annie Le santo
My work can take the form of painting, ceramics, installation or simply any medium which presents itself to me in the creative process. I am interested in the emotive qualities which materials can hold – how the aesthetics of them alone can present a narrative sometimes stronger than words. Generally keeping to a neutral colour palette, my pieces are reflective and evocative. I aim to capture moments of my own personal history, ideas and memories in various subjects. These are often birds, figures from found photography, landscapes of personal significance or clay vessels.
In my paintings, birds in flight radiate an air of revelation and release. They are alive with beating wings, hanging loosely on un-stretched cloth. Dried bird skin specimens on the other hand, meticulously labelled and tied, hold on tightly to mortality. Found objects create space for new thoughts and contain elements which will always remain unknown. Raw clay directly responds to my hand, my movement and force. The bone-like walls of the vessels demonstrate a newly developed strength, through the process of ‘firing’, in the once malleable earth.
Though broad ranging in process, my pieces are brought together by recurring threads both visually and conceptually. They are an observation of being. An interrogation into instinct. Ultimately my work seeks to reflect on big questions without straining for answers. Subtle and quiet but nonetheless rife with the curiosity of being alive.