State Library of South Australia

Mary Ann Santin's 'Reconfigure'

Date: 14 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Time: 10am to 5pm

Location: Treasures Wall

Reconfigure by Mary Ann Santin

SALA 2014 Advertiser Contemporary Art Award finalist, Mary Ann Santin's 'reconfigure', will feature at the State Library of South Australia, from 1-29 August.

The large-scale installation of various cut and sanded encyclopaedia is the largest undertaking to date for emerging artist Mary Ann Santin.

'reconfigure' explores the notions of loss and histories past. Mary Ann reshapes unwanted and outdated editions of encyclopedia into new forms to give new life to books that would otherwise find their way into landfill.

'With every installation it is vital to work within site specifications and it was the weight of the work on the floor that resulted in a new process for 'reconfigure'. The solution was to hollow out the books prior to sanding and shaping. Pages often buckle up and create a pulp so each new work presents with its own particular set of difficulties, which is part of the fun really.' Mary Ann said.

Situated on the first floor of the State Library of South Australia, a floor to ceiling window overlooks Kintore Avenue on the walkway between the Spence and Mortlock wings that connect with the Institute building, known as the 'Treasure Wall' area. 'reconfigure' can be seen from the street on Kintore Avenue or from within the State Library of South Australia. These 'multiple views' were also important considerations of the final work.

Exhibition contact details

Contact: Michelle Harniman

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