curtis Santiago

Artist Bio



Curtis Santiago
Taking Tanty Milli's Skull for a Walk
Conte, pastel, charcoal on arches paper
30 x 22 in

I am a Trinidadian-Canadian artist, engaged in mixed media and performance practices. Through my work, I explore the narrative of art history, whilst inserting elements of different cultures in order to engage a larger audience and in hopes of broadening the art historical canon as a whole. For the last two years I have been devoted to my project, Infinity, a series of miniature dioramas housed in reclaimed ring boxes. The work's small scale allows me the opportunity for a very particular kind of meditation. The overarching theme is related to time and space; to my sense of the vastness and the fragility of the world which I inhabit; and my fleeting memories of this world. Both are modeled after personal experiences. Ultimately, I wish to capture the moments that are, essentially, ineffable, and all the more moving because of their fugitive nature. A moment or a memory - sentimental and comical - is captured, very tenderly. The broadness of my ideas about the world, temporality, memory, is intimated in the stark obverse, by the extreme miniature boxes and dioramas. Conversely, the instability of memory, of the Earth itself, in peril, is, I believe, reflected in my medium and method. To contain such moments, with joy and with longing, is my singular objective.