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Sculptures 'dance' at Greenbelt Community Center

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Photo by Wanda Jackson. Stephanie Marie Santos’ “organic sculpture mimics dancers in motion.”

Photo by Wanda Jackson. Stephanie Marie Santos’ “organic sculpture mimics dancers in motion.”

Published on: Wednesday, November 21, 2012

By Wanda Jackson

Stephanie Marie Santos’ sculpture “mimics dancers in motion.” 

The kinetic feel of her sculptures, with metal and fabric thrusting out in different directions, is echoed in the limbs of the dancers as they stretch, extend, leap and spin in an accompanying performance video. Circling around the room, the dancers become like shadows around a sundial, or the hands of a clock, fading into the earth, and then rising up again.

“Shifting Bloom: Sculptural Garments” at the Greenbelt Community Center’s art gallery features Santos’ sculpture. It kicked off Nov. 4 as part of the recreation department’s Sunday Artful Afternoon program and continues through Jan. 4.

“Looking at moments that go unnoticed in daily life is what inspires my work,” Santos said. “Never knowing where you will end up or how to get there is a struggle defined by movement and placement of the body in a location. The points of connectivity that happen between two objects or two people are what fuel my interests in exaggerating these moments through garments and sculptures.”

Santos, who lives in Philadelphia, recently earned a bachelor’s degree in fiber with a concentration in experimental fashion from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

According to exhibit material, Santos’ “keen sensibility with colors and drawing skills has led her to explore different materials manifested through sculpture and garment, and how these are interchangeable. Her interests in nature and cultural identity are subjects of her recent artistic endeavors.”

In the guestbook for the exhibit, a viewer wrote: “Lovely installation — shifting light kept illuminating the sculpture in different ways. Shifting light was very beautiful and elemental. Loved the video — wish I could have seen the live performance.”

“Shifting Bloom: Sculptural Garments” is not so much about a pretty pose but rather a complete devotion to expression, having the body inform us about our humanity, our frailty, our emotions and our spiritual potential.

For additional information about Greenbelt’s Sunday Artful Afternoon programs, call 301-397-2208 and visit

The Greenbelt Community Center is located at 15 Crescent Road.

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