Amy Santoferraro looks at a cheaply produced kitsch object and thinks, “Wow, that would make really great art.” After experiencing this sculpture I began to realize that I am being blinded to the true visual beauty of kitsch. Somehow, that same type of cheap plastic makes it’s way into my life and I end up resenting it, first, because its doesn’t look nice next to my iPod, and second, because I am going to have to put it in a landfill and feel bad about it. The color of that old easter basket is actually kind of nice… and the texture of that dish-sponge is incredible… and that fly-swatter! Amy Santoferraro removes the immediate functional connotations from everyday objects and reinvents them as playful landscape compositions in a series she calls ‘BaskeTREE.’[see_also]
BaskeTREE is presented in a playful narrative format which leads the viewer into a childlike fantasy world. This ‘world’ is the essence of her art: an idyllic place where things are familiar yet out of place, where the colors are muted, the senses are dulled, and you’re overcome with an irrational sense of satisfaction… come to think of it, this is how I felt as a kid when I was hanging out with my baseball card collection…
Amy’s artwork is rooted in the idea of ‘collection’: What do people collect? Why do we collect it? What happens to it when there is no one left to treasure it? Consumerism and ownership is a huge part of of modern life. Amy exploits these themes in order to explore the inherent personal and cultural habits of collecting ‘things.’
You can find more of Amy Santoferraro’s playful ‘collection’ artwork including some amazing large scale sculptures on her website here!