Vabianna Santos’ work has been described as terrifying and meditative, earnest and utterly lucid. The daughter of an obscure Tijuana rock and roll musician, she returned to the San Diego region to contribute to catalyzing San Diego’s growing art scene. She has exhibited and performed nationally and her work has been reviewed in WhiteHot Magazine of Contemporary Art.
Her research focuses on the potentials of absence in performance art, systems of display, the re-mediation of popular culture, the convergence of high and low culture and the function of art within elective communities
NOTHING TO AMPLIFY
This series explores the idea of absence by transmitting affective responses to the body of the viewer through kinetic/ sound-based sculpture. The work is imbued with the textures of a bedroom rock n' roll fandom where the rhythms and tempos of objects collide with those of the body, creating a flux between heartbeats and electronic pulses.
These works are one component of research directed at determining alternative trajectories in performance and a conceptual framework for evaluating the exchange between viewer and performer/ artist.