Cheryl Sim on shroud (in threadbare light) 1 and 2
Marigold Santos was born in Manila and immigrated with her family to Canada as a child. She grew up listening to Filipino folktales and now draws on these stories to create her own mythologies as a strategy to counter reductive, hegemonic narratives. The works shroud (in threadbare light) 1 and shroud (in threadbare light) 2 reference the figure of the Asuang. In pre-hispanicized tribal societies, this figure was a medicine woman; a healer. As a result of colonization, the Asuang was depicted as a beautiful woman by day and a vampiric witch by night who would prey upon the the sick as well as unborn children. Santos re-appropriates the myth of the Asuang, who she returns to as a figure of migration, adaptation, and resilience.
About Marigold Santos
Marigold Santos was born in the Philippines, and immigrated with her family to Canada in 1988. She pursues an inter-disciplinary art practice involving drawn, painted, and printed works, sculpture, tattooing, and sound. She holds a BFA from the University of Calgary, and an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal. As a recipient of multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, she continues to exhibit widely across Canada. Her recent solo exhibitions have been shown at Dunlop Gallery, Regina; Montreal, arts interculturels; the RBC New Works Gallery in the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; as well as various artist-run centres and public galleries, including ODD Gallery, Dawson City; ACE Art, Winnipeg; Eastern Edge, St. John’s; Richmond Art Gallery; Galerie Articule, Montreal; and Stride Gallery, Calgary. Her most recent group exhibitions include Patel Gallery, Toronto and FiveMyles, Brooklyn, and a collaboration with Yoko Ono in Water Event as part of the exhibition Growing Freedom at PHI Foundation, Montreal in 2019. She was selected to participate in the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton in 2017, and is represented by Galerie D’Este in Montreal and Norberg Hall in Calgary. Her works can be found in such collections as Museé National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton. She maintains an active studio practice in Calgary, Alberta.
Interview with Marigold Santos - PHI Foundation