Carina Samantha Santos

I make stuff up

London & Manila

— MRes Art: Theory & Philosophy, Central Saint Martins





Editorial design & illustration

CNN Philippines Life
Esquire Philippines
Rogue Magazine

Book design

A Waiting Room Companion

The First Impulse

Cupid’s Rage

Taming People’s Power


Don’t Forget, Clementine

Bones Like Snowflakes

Winter Quay/Summer Blankets


“There’s something really funny about our music, because it’s often so heart-on-your-sleeve, a little bit. We know how that can be embarrassing. We’re just not worried about embarrassing ourselves anymore.” ¹ The album is an intimation of loss, self-destruction, and the possibility of redemption. ² It’s a song for when life gets too heavy, and you need a song you can sink into — just for four minutes — so you don’t drown inside yourself. ³ 

Solo exhibit — West Gallery

Orbiting the Last Known Surroundings

This is Where I Used to Be
mixed media

24 August — 16 September 2017

Orbiting the Last Known Surroundings is an extension of Carina Santos’ last show at Blanc Gallery, Satellites for Minor Planets, which begins with the suggestion of landscapes and geography as portraits or markers of the self. The first part of this series concerned itself with more of an investigation: what can somewhere say about what it surrounds?

While the idea of Orbiting the Last Known Surroundings similarly involves satellites, both artificial and natural, the shift in this show tends towards the more intimate: the interior life (likely a past version) presents as tangible places that warrant closer, repeated observation.

Instead of desolate landscapes, the paintings this time feature fragmentary observations and visualizations, incomplete thoughts and stories. Though the main question remains—“What can I learn by gathering information from an observable distance?”—the motivations here are not quite the same.

Prior Presence I—IX
oil on canvas
8 in. x 10 in.

Prior Presence X
oil on canvas
8 in. x 10 in.

Whereas Satellites for Minor Planets is an investigation—a pursuit for things to be seen, and therefore to exist—Orbiting the Last Known Surroundings is looking through the rubble with rapt attention paid to fragments, isolated places, and certain specific things that could very well be clues to who one might have been. What is the space one used to inhabit like? What can these tangential bits of information do to complete a picture?

The title of the show signals the presence of a being returning to a place where someone had been. “This is Where I Used to Be,” one work is called. Rather than an initial meeting, this is a look back, perhaps from a distant place or maybe from somewhere from which you barely moved at all.

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