Sulman Prize 2020 talk: Marikit Santiago
The Sulman Prize winner speaks with Benjamin Law
Art After Hours, Exhibition talk, Online event
Working from her home studio in Parramatta, artist Marikit Santiago doesn’t let her three young children get under her feet – she gets them involved with her painting. Marikit is the winner of this year’s Sir John Sulman Prize, which is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist. Her subject was her family – her tender depictions of them are entwined with Filipino and Christian symbols, along with some marks made by the children themselves. Marikit’s work is both a celebration of family love and a talisman for the future, representing the hope and promise we invest in the next generation. Tonight, Benjamin Law asks the artist how she navigates the tensions that exist within her multiple identities as a Filipina, an Australian, a mother and an artist – and what it’s like working with her kids.
Marikit Santiago was born in Melbourne to Filipino migrants and now lives and works in Western Sydney. She completed a Bachelor of Medical Science before pursuing an art career in earnest, receiving her Masters of Fine Art from UNSW Art & Design in 2017. Her work has since been exhibited in galleries around Australia including the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Blacktown Arts Centre, the Mosman Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Marikit is a recipient of the Sam Whiteley Commendation Award in the Churchie Emerging Art Prize, and has been a finalist in the Archibald and Sulman Prizes.
Benjamin Law is an Australian writer and broadcaster. He’s the author of The family Law (2010), Gaysia: adventures in the queer east (2012), the Quarterly Essay Moral panic 101 (2017), and editor of Growing up queer in Australia (2019). Benjamin created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The family Law, based on his memoir, and his debut play Torch the place ran earlier this year (Melbourne Theatre Company). Benjamin co-hosts ABC RN’s weekly national pop culture show Stop everything and has appeared on a number of TV shows including Q&A (ABC), The drum (ABC) and The project (Ten).
Wednesday 28 October 2020, 7.30pm (AEST)
The event will be streamed via our Facebook channel and Youtube channel
Duration 30 minutes
Related exhibition: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2020
Image: Marikit Santiago. Photo by Garry Trinh.