"Eric utilized an adaptive tool that is connected to his wheelchair. This tool contains four Sharpies. He often likes to use black Sharpie. Eric's working surface is on the floor and he positions his wheelchair on top of his working surface. He listens to Kost 103.5 and rocks away at the soothing sound of songs playing on the radio. Through this motion of rocking, Eric creates marks onto his working surface. All the tire marks are captured onto his working surface due to the movements Eric makes. "
- Aragna Ker, Manager at Momentum Creative
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Sharpie & Mixed Media
98" x 48"
Eric Santamaria was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and has been making art since 2010. Eric lives with Cerebral Palsy and creates artwork at the Momentum art program, an ArtLifting community partner that provides support, space, materials, and innovative resources for individuals living with CP.
Eric Santamaria’s kinetic artwork captures moments in time—sometimes as he rocks out to his favorite music and other times as he reacts and responds to those around him. Every portion of his large spatial landscapes tells a story, illustrated in color and motion. Santamaria’s art is a true extension of himself that demonstrates his feelings, movement, and physiology.
Santamaria utilizes full body motion with adaptive art tools—such as brushes or pens—attached to the bottom of his chair. The motion of rocking back and forth in his chair provides consistent, linear markings that distinguish his work. Variations in size, shape, and opacity of marks are complemented by organic splatters of color. The resulting bold patterns draw the eye from one area of the piece to another, until the viewer has explored every inch, mark by mark.
Santamaria’s attitude and movement are recorded in paint and ink on paper. His outlook on the day and his emotions towards his past and present are recorded in ink and paint, tire tracks, and debris picked up by his wheels. These elements coalesce to complete Santamaria’s distinctive style.
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