I was born in a mystical land called Galiza which forms part of Spain. Myself, I am not an esoteric person, but I have a huge imagination that gets expressed in my artwork.
Being a lonely child I was a voracious reader of anything that could fall into my hands, specially if it was illustrated. Books and local myths fed my imagination and helped me to fantasize about other possible worlds and the creatures that inhabited them.
I aspired to become a writer but I fell out with words, mainly due to formal education. The worlds, creatures and constructions from my imagination looked for another way to come out. That way was drawing. But drawing was not enough, I just wanted to make things with any material available When I entered art school and modeled clay for the first time. It captured me as nothing else did before.
My artworks start from ideas or/and drawings. They evolve till they get to a point when I need to move from drawings to a 3D materialization.
Sometimes I start from the base and build upwards. Those works are like plants. I like the thought of my figures growing and evolving from the primal ball of mass and defining their forms during the process. Other times the figure is divided in modules which are built separately to be joined together on a later stage. The artifacts may keep evolving in consecutive drawings or 3D objects.
Clay is my favorite material for its accessibility and capability to be formed in almost any shape and color. The process of firing that transforms clay into ceramics adds an esoteric value to the making of a particular object. In Ceramics there are many variables interacting during the making process. They can affect the ceramic artifact, its dimensions, proportions, balance and color. Specially during the firing stage. Those are the elements of risk and chance. I may not get what I expected. I may loose what there was. But external influences are part of the creative process,, I acknowledge them.
Animism I perceive inanimate things and whole environments as creatures and treat them likewise, specially in my art work. My work focuses on the links between everything that there is.
About functional wares
After discovering my liking of clay as a material I also discovered the figure of the potter and the history of ceramics. Ceramics is a practice with a great scope and links to every aspect of daily life. The potter is a scientist, a explorer, a business person, a philosopher and a manual worker. I wanted to learn every aspect of it.
Throwing turned out to be addictive. Throwing allowed me to produce a considerable amount of work in a relatively short time, and each piece is unique. I started to use the wares as tests for surface treatments, mainly glazes. The resulting pots would be used afterwards as tableware.
It is then, when I started to use my pots, as cups, plates, containers, that I discovered how much I enjoyed them and how special they were.
So far I have preferred to use stoneware clay, for my functional ware, I like the touch and strength. It reminds me of volcanoes and how rocks are made, how the earth is made. I do also prefer the colors and textures achieved at the high temperatures stoneware is fired.
In any case I always make some work, functional sometimes, and sculptural others, using locally found clay. I have been traveling and moving around often. Usually I search for a source of local clay during my walks, I like trekking and exploring by foot the places where I stay or pass by. Then I prepare the clay so to get a workable material to use. These thus made are some of the pieces I like most from my work. It is and area to which I want to dedicate more time.