January 19, 2022
The creation of this piece started last spring while Fátima Moreno was cleaning the swimming pool at her family’s house in Granada. She noticed how the pressure of the water from the hose on the accumulated moss on walls was the perfect canvas to create an ephemeral scene on. She shared this with her friend Joana Colomar who suggested they film the process together. We later transferred the scene onto a limited edition silk piece for you to wear or to hang, hoping that everything that was involved in creating this piece may remind you of the warmth of friendship and summer sun.
How would you define what you do?
I draw. Through drawing, I express myself freely. I sometimes feel that the drawing is quicker than I am; it changes and evolves almost on its own without me controlling it. Drawings can often get tired of themselves; I believe that they hate repeating themselves, so they twist and turn and look for new stimuli and ways to resonate. Drawing for me is like working out. Actually, it’s like a dance. It makes whimsical, sensual, and sometimes naïve movements, or grotesque, comical shapes. It creates independent narratives. (My) drawing has layers of fiction, myths, realities, or intermittent fluctuation between dreams.
Los secretos, 2020
Drawing is an exercise I do to seduce myself. I have fun with it, it can even make me laugh. It makes me feel fantastically powerful although it can really make me suffer sometimes when I have mental blocks. But I’ve learned that they pass and I try not to dwell on them so much.
Sin saberlo, 2020
What is an important artistic reference for your work?
Many artists continually inspire me, from different times and realities.
But I’ve been fascinated by mediumistic art, or mystic art, for some time now, which is a movement considered within art brut. Josefa Torlá, Nina Karasek, Barbara Demlczuk and Aloïse Corbaz all move and deeply inspire me. Their drawings vibrate – they’re real, very free, and tell so many truths. I see myself within that movement, using drawing to express intense emotional and psychological states.
Reading is something else that really helps me feel inspired, especially poetry. Having books in my studio is essential. Poetry helps me live, see and helps me create, and imagine.
Rippling and curling gestures,
like a brush stroke, my hair, or a snake.
At the time the dates are out,
When the foxes head out to fish at the oasis
and dip their tail in the water,
the shrimps grip onto their immersed fur,
With the rapid whip-like wag of their tail,
they yank it out of the water.
The shrimps clutching on like tendrils.
Then they are gobbled down with pleasure:
How tasty! Such clever foxes!
The creatures huddle together,
slithering underneath the mud.
Then, in the sediment, the drawing.
How did this piece come about?
My dream project started last year when I was cleaning the swimming pool at my family home with a high-pressure washer. As I usually distract myself by playing, I started drawing with the water jet. I got carried away and ended up drawing the whole pool. Joana loved the result and asked if she could film the process the next spring.
This collaboration with Paloma Wool and my friend Joana was something so intimate and such a dream come true. I’d love to work on more things like that.