Abstract Possible


Artist Claudia Fernández lets us into her studio and shares some insights into her work.

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Claudia Fernández:
The other day, someone said to me: “Oh! It´s just that you carry many old things along with you” and I said: well, when I was little I wanted to be an archaeologist. I think that I do archaeology and restoration, restoring nature or restoring furniture, this is more or less what I do, and I have already realized that I do it with all I have got, sometimes selling a video, sometimes a photo, but could not actually be creating my work if I wasnt selling furniture. I work a lot with many abstract things, but that in fact come from the most everyday life reality and that are very common and vulgar, but I try to see abstraction in those things, and I find it very interesting to talk about the idiosyncrasy that exists behind the forms, the meanings or the social and economical matters that exist behind aesthetic things.

If you notice, each person has a very subjective idea of beauty: the facade which is what we want to show the others, is a combination of eclectic elements that are what they want to express, it is a very peculiar expression of each owner, that it’s why it is called property that belongs to someone else. And, at the same time, it is an aesthetic research of architecture as I have something like 500 pictures of facades, that will then form a sort of research as it is an eye that is searching something constantly.
After, I started to sort of concentrate more in the architectural details, such as for example: the facades, the grilles. And those elements do things whose result is more minimalist to the point where you don’t know where it comes from, but they are geometrical forms. The curator, Maria Linn set me quite a difficult challenge, as the pictures were commonly set on a wall, so that is how I’ve always done the installation in collections or museums, on a wall. But she said to me: “in this exhibition there are no walls, and there is very little space”, I didn’t know how to set it, on the floor or what. I am going to build a crystal table, that has to do with the glass that you can find in these houses, like smoked glass, with gold and some elements that some might see as kitsch, so I am going to set this but in tiny: they are some cards that are going to form a sort of memory game. The word memory is also a cool word as it talks about the lake that already belongs to the past. And (the exhibit) will surely stay in the memory of our childhood or things like that from my generation. And well, these series are that, a sort of archaeology of the 20th Century, also the pieces of furniture are archaeology of the 20th Century as I search and research them: where do they come from an I restore them. I feel that there are too many objects in the world and too much architecture, i.i. we don’t need any more of it, we don’t need to build new things, we need to rescue and modify for today’s life, but we don’t need to be constructing more, that is one of the big problems regarding the destruction of nature.

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