After a dozen years of daily painting, Kimberly Santini has nurtured such an intimacy with her process that she opted for an inward focus on her personal experiences to build a new series of paintings which she calls The Sirens.
“Current affairs triggered a responsibility in me to record the experience of a culture at times gone mad, as well as the experience of being a woman in these same times. I saw a population divided and scared to love each other. People grieving deeply without a community to support them. Voices were speaking up in deafening volumes, but so many ears were deaf. I wanted to create paintings that would instigate the change I felt our world needed – solidarity for one, and a willingness to truly listen and love across our differences,” the artist says.
To do this, Santini rewrote the myth of the Sirens. Instead of luring the lonely and lost to their deaths, her sirens sing of compassion and encouragement, and often have enlightening conversations with the viewer. They live in an ethereal space, simultaneously solid and dissolving, which beckons the viewer to consider whether they come from inside themselves or are a messenger sent by a greater presence.
In addition to the figurative work, Santini has recently dovetailed her siren-esque atmospheres with a variety of spirit animals, creating an ethereal and empowering visual which enthralls viewers much like the Siren series.