Encyclopedias in the hands of Mary Ann Santin
“I am interested in our archival desire to create a memory of those now gone in order to promote a collective identity” says artist Mary Ann Santin. And what better to work with to realize that interest than a printed encyclopedia; an obsolete form packed with information of “those now gone”and published with the intent to “promote a collective identity.”
Whether she is sanding, miniaturizing or covering it in wax the encyclopedia presents the perfect medium for Santin.
Untitled 6, undated
Untitled 3, undated
Oval One, 2012. Found encyclopedia covered in paraffin wax
Spring Three, 2012