Argentinian artist Claudia Fontes creates surreal sculptures of people fused with organic forms, evoking human behavior and political, cultural, and social questions. Hir pieces are made of flaxseed paper porcelain.
I am after the poetic and political potential that emerge from making things and gathering with others. I have a long-standing interest in human behaviour and in what role art plays in it. I see my work as being a mediator of the multiple agencies involved in the making and the gathering while steering away from representation. (…) My early work responded to a need for understanding how things come to be and how change happens, be it in a natural, cultural or social context. While being a young artist in Argentina and in The Netherlands, the postcolonial political and artistic scene I was immersed in made me develop a keen interest in history and strategies of decolonisation that involved collaborations with others. This decolonial notion of ‘other’ expanded very quickly to embrace logics of co-existence beyond the human, and to frame my work into a post-human perspective.Claudia Fontes