VCU MFA Thesis Show

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Special thanks to artists Jessica Dodd, Josie Lewis, Will Machin and Josh Bennett for their support with the installation.



Twins / Cast light and cast cake / 2011
Produced by Stephen Williams


A Knife To Defeat The Night's Breeze / Ashes of a coyote / 2009-2011
Produced by Daniel Beckwith and Oscar Santillan
Special thanks to Verena Schatz, Alexa Leister-Frazier, Josie Lewis, and Stephen Williams


Juana Ines de la Cruz
/ Several beings with long hair /
2010-2011
Produced by Alexandra Barao
Special thanks to the participants: Melissa Lesh, Loie Hollowell, Georgi Ivanov, Emily Sydnor, Jackie Rhines, Renee Doorly and Jackie Picariello
And, thanks to Aileen Painter for her support with this work


Ornst / Cast of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, and something that expires on Yuri Gagarin’s birthday / 2011
Produced by Luke Harman and Alexa Leister-Frazier



Statement - Contact info

The gap between the possible and the impossible, between reality and fiction, has been the creative territory from where my practice departs.
The repertoire of strategies is always expanding and includes means such as: the transmutation of materials; documentation of unorthodox actions; or, the actual deception of the eye without the use of post-production methods.
Then, these strategies interweave with a phenomenological approach committed to creation as a physical action in the world, as the embodiment of reality.
As every new experiment requires a different set of skills, a prominent amount of effort has been devoted towards the dialogue with others. The igniting spark comes always from unapologetic speculation, from the simple curiosity of asking “what if” to others and myself.
I consider my practice as a vindication of curiosity. I hope to find what is epic in the small, in what is obvious but somehow unnoticed, in a blink, in a falling leaf, in a newspaper, in a casual encounter.

Contact: santillano@vcu.edu
Oscar Santillan is represented by dpm