What inspires you to make work?
I admire the human beings’ social nature and the paradox of life and death. Specifically, thinking about the strength of human vulnerability from a woman’s perspective and transforming this into short stories about change.
My research is to find the “spatial” relationship between the self and others. Spaces where equality, tolerance, wisdom and compassion can be found. This is why I work in layers and transparencies, using fragile, delicate materials. Studying the subtle spaces between layers and using these as a metaphor for the extremes of inside or outside, what you see and what you don’t, and intimate or explicit messages. When you study these sensitive and vulnerable areas, one becomes aware that vulnerability can transform into strength.
I imagine the body as a landscape of paradox. The skin is a surface boundary between interior and exterior. Territory that deals with ‘caring for someone else’ and ‘relationships with others’. In many cultures, traditionally these roles are perceived as reflecting the female condition.
My perspective of the world is entirely feminine and encourages ‘the observer’ to connect with emotions in order to create common areas of understanding, caring and respect. My daily life involves observation and a contemporary view of all, that is private and public. I file and record fragments from magazines, newspapers and personal experiences.
I like to break stereotypes and so shift awareness to perceive that we are all equally challenged and vulnerable. And that, in this shadow zone, we can find our “hidden strengths”.
What are your influences? Works of artists who talk about relationships, gender, vulnerability, healing and contemplation as Louise Bourgeois, Nancy Spero, Rebecca Horn and Antoni Tàpies.
Favorite material to work with? I love light materials, fragile and transparent as nepal paper, silk, Plexiglas combined with soft metals…Mixed-media and collage with cosmetics used as colors. And, the red pigment (the human being’s interior is red)
Sketchbook? Yes, I love them. I use moleskin with a soft cover.
Favorite font? Simple, honest and easy to read: Helvetica Neue, Trebuchet & Calibri
Where is your studio? It’s in a nature conservation area where wild boars roam! but only twenty minutes from Barcelona’s city centre. It was a garage and, now, it is a “studio with a house on top”.
Tattoos? I am looking for the perfect tattoo…to have a beautiful lines of an old wise woman!
Succulents or Cigarettes? Succulents
Ever have artists’ block? Yes. It is part of the creative process. We have to accept it. The important thing is to enjoy the process of doing and discovering. It doesn’t matter if it’s “rubbish” or a “piece of art”. Let it come and go! Then flow. (like water).
Everyone has a vice. Care to call yourself out? Catalan RED wine (I figured out that I love RED!!!)
What was the best advice given to you as an artist? Work, work and work.
What’s around the corner from your place? Fresh air, pine trees and a lot of different birds! And my dog.
Prefer to work with music or in silence? Music please!
Where can we find you outside the studio? Rushing around like a typical working mother! (I have three daughters) But always with a sense of humor….(the irony also appears in my work)
Favorite contemporary artist? Pipilotti Rist, Tatiana Trouvé, Rebecca Warren.
What would have been a typical doodle for you as child? An abstract doodle: lines with plenty of energy with the essential character (I would love to still have them…)
If you could collaborate with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Louise Bourgeois.
Favorite sound? “Cajon flamenco”.
Favorite movie? Pina Bausch directed by Wim Wenders. A piece of art! Deep and empathic.
Favorite music/band? Always: Cello Bach Suites, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. Now: Stefan Micus, Kind of Convenience, Silvia Pérez Cruz (an amazing Catalan voice).
What do you wear while you work? An old long grey cotton dress with boots. (more or less like a clown costume…)
Favorite surface to paint on? Paper, methacrylate and I even play with the idea of painting “space”.
Use anything other than paint? Yes! video, installation and sculpture. For me, the goal is find the idea and after the material or technique.
Representational or Surreal? Who knows the reality?…Open mind.
Photo references? Bernard Voïta, Manel Esclusa. Real Life!
Is painting dead? Of course not! Painting has had time to exhaust itself as traditional media, but with new artists it has been transformed. Now, painting is an “open concept”: you can paint a video (Hilary Lloyd) paint a space (Karla Black, Angela de la Cruz), a street (Bansky)…