OF BLACK INK AND BONDAGE GEAR
Brooklyn-based artist Tamara Santibañez delicately pushes the limits of human want, need, and curiosity through her work. Ranging classic illustration, apparel and tattoos, her style is both interpretive and self-explanatory. Her favored imagery is distanced, like a keyhole glimpse into something we weren’t supposed to dwell on. Focusing on emotional and physical states on the fringe of the human psyche, she pinpoints their sources and does it in a slinky yet gritty monochrome.
Santibañez’s work is divided into series’, all of which share an infatuation with desire. Her ‘Portraiture’ series features groups of objects, carefully arranged in white space. The vacancy of a human form only highlights the humanity of the objects at hand—the whip, the leather, the mary janes—and causing order clashing with an unchaste secret. In “Icons,” she showcases different versions of the cross made from household objects. Dissecting what exactly an icon is, she breaks it’s power down for the rest of us, and the result is an aesthetic narrative just as much as it is a question of why we are as attached to symbols as we are to the things they stand for.