Artist born in Argentina Claudia Fontes ((previously) continues Foreigners Series with small sculptures of figures that are covered by porcelain flags. Newer additions to the growing collection are more abstract than previous iterationsoften revealing the curves and gestures of the body, although all work has limbs hugging or trying to escape in the textured clouds. The surface with smallpox is similar to organic matter such as sea sponges or corals, and life forms seamlessly merge into a coherent structure.
Fontes tells Colossal that this shift in focus was inspired by a desire “to see the material as the main protagonist of the piece and to turn away from representation.” She explains that by “piercing the porcelain in different ways and exploring the possibilities associated with grouping the figures, I’ve found that I pay more attention to the material as a fictional membrane that mediates between figure and background.”
Fontes is currently using two colors in her otherwise white porcelain to create new works that are reminiscent of sedimentary rocks. She is also preparing for a solo exhibition at Cecilia Brunson projects in London and a group exhibition at Stuk in Leuven, Belgium, and some pieces from the Foreigners Series becomes part of Simbiologías at the Centro Cultural Kirchner in Buenos Aires this April. Until then, keep following the artist Instagram or go to her side to see more of her sculptural work.
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