BA HONS FINE ART
OXFORD BROOKES DEGREE SHOW 2018
In this series of works Annie Le Santo uses textiles, clay and other mixed media to explore ideas of safety and emotional responses to change.
In Latent, an abstract reference to the emergency stretcher bed is used to investigate the tension within transitory life events. Steel bars are suspended in an ambiguous yet tranquil state of ‘limbo’. The cloth bows to the ground as though encumbered by a body. They tower above – waiting – both arriving and departing. In these ways, the stretcher bed becomes an emblem simultaneously of hope and dread. The passenger is being taken from a place of danger to one of potential safety yet remains greatly in the unknown on the journey. Le Santo uses these themes and the industrial nature of heavyweight materials to distort our notions of rescue.
Sonata leads us to envisage the daily occurrence of darkness turning to light. However, the constant inconclusive sounds from the vessels resonate more with the experience of placing one’s ear to a seashell. The hollowness and bone-like walls of the coiled vessels emitting these sounds create further ambiguity.