by Fiona O'Connor
On Thursday August 27th, Montreal-based artist and graphic designer Denise Santillan will unveil her latest work entitled "La Bataille" at galerie [sas] located at 372 Sainte-Catherine Ouest, suite 416 in the Belgo Building.
A recent graduate of Concordia University's Design Arts program (also where she gained a BA in Political Science), Santillan was one of a handful of designers selected to participate in the 2009 Biennale de Montreal, held this past spring. More recently, the Mexican-born artist has been laboring over a series of large-scale pen and ink drawings which have as their central theme, hair.
"Inspired by the manner in which clothing can assume personal identification, The Hair began by enveloping the wearer, forming clothing-like folds, drapery and shapes," writes Santillan.
The aptly-named "La Bataille" - the sheer scale of her drawings made not only the subject but also the process of Santillan's undertaking a battle - is the second part in the artist's ongoing series that explores a variety of costume traditions, from the theatrical to the religious. "Las Ninas Malas" was the project's first installation, melding the dramatic and curiously beautiful elements of Mexican melodrama, tangled hair and contemporary fashion into a coherent and distinct illustrated series.
From "Las Ninas Malas," Santillan's first hair-themed oeuvre.
"La Bataille" opens at 5:30 this Thursday evening and runs until September 26th.