Statement of Research & Practice
Joseph Santarpia visualizes the body as medical specimen and machine by engaging the creative capacities of material. In doing so, his work captures a stark contrast of darkness and luminosity, creating a sense of visceral interiority, expansive space, machinic processes, and the medical aesthetics of sterility and anatomy. The rigidity of machines and medical aesthetics alike combine in Santarpia’s practice to create imagined interiors, exteriors, and indexes of bodily experience. His multimedia studio practice includes painting, cyanotype, collage, video, and installation. Santarpia received his MFA from Stony Brook University in 2020. His work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and festivals including: PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary; The Room Projects, Paris, France; The Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, Brooklyn, NY; Small Green Door, East Los Angeles, CA; FIG Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain; and more. He is the recipient of awards including The Goldberger Fellowship and the Dorothy L. Memorial Purchase Prize.