I remember how much I liked her Oxford shoes. I also remember the way she used to keep some tiny pieces of paper with geometrical motifs around her desk. Is funny how those small details about a person can stick in your head for such a long time. I’m talking about the artist Ana de Fontecha, whom I met during our Masters in History of Contemporary Art, around three years ago now, and that her work I want to share here today.
Ana de Fontecha (1990) is a Spanish artist based in Madrid and a member of ‘Estudio Mendoza. Her work is mainly focused on the concept of space. She is interested in the relationship between the subject and the outside, and on how this contextual demarcation helps to define us. We can think of natural, domestic, or urban spaces, and how we are always connected to one or another. Ana reflects not only on how we are shaped by our surroundings but also how we give meaning to them by our presence.
These thoughts are translated into a very elegant artistic language infused with a minimal art influence. Materials like wood and paper, the colors blue, green, and pink, geometrical repetitions, or constructions like boxes or roof beams, are the elements that form part of Ana de Fontecha’s powerful artistic universe.