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Artist Tamara Santibañez Explores Sex and Identity via Leather

Artist Tamara Santibañez Explores Sex and Identity via Leather

This Friday, Brooklyn-based artist Tamara Santibañez will unveil Landscapes, a collection of large-scale paintings focusing on a single inanimate object: a black leather jacket. Taking a modern, sexy approach to a classic is a recurring theme in Santibañez’s work, and Landscapes, showing at L.A.’s Slow Culture gallery, represents a focused step in her evolution as an artist long inspired by punk, fetishism and Chicano tattooing. She sees the eclectic but surprisingly cohesive collection of themes and techniques that she likes to explore as a form of a self-portraiture, as well as a way to tackle more universal ideas about sex, gender and cultural identity. And she considers the paintings in Landscapes to be her most revealing work to date. The enlarged, photorealistic leather rippling across the canvas in warm, oily detail is simple but beautiful. To Santibañez, it’s also extremely personal. “I primarily paint objects that are my own and have seen years of wear,” she…