Marigold Santos / binhi at buhol
Jarvis Hall Gallery is delighted to present binhi at buhol, a new body of work by Filipinx-Canadian artist Marigold Santos. The exhibition’s title is written in Tagalog/Filipino, offering an access point rooted in language, a foundational aspect of identity that Santos is reclaiming since immigrated to Canada with her family as a child. binhi at buhol translates as “seeds and knots” connoting both growth and binding or constriction. The title imparts a position to speak to nuance within the exhibition providing a compelling place for the viewer to explore how Santos translates her experience of diaspora and fractured identity as a Filipinx-Canadian woman.
binhi at buhol features new paintings by Santos as well as pieces related to her tattoo practice. In her paintings, drawings and ceramics Santos explores her feelings of a hybrid identity through a mythological creature from the folklore of the Phillippines. The asuang embodies multiplicity in its many representations: a shape-shifting vampire; a witch; undefined and undefinable in gender, age and other Western paradigms of identity; and most intriguing, is its ability to split or divide itself in half and reassemble again, shifting from human-like forms to florae and back again. This power manifests as adaptability, resilience, survival and growth.