Unlocking the senses: Getting a feel for the somatic and tactile sculpture of Eva Fàbregas
In conversation with Ellie Brown, January 12, 2023
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The work of Eva Fàbregas seems to teeter between binaries; colossal (and sometimes, smaller) sculptures are often alluring and inviting, but sometimes overwhelming. They are at once familiar, and alien. Smooth, glossy, blemish-free surfaces are punctuated by strange ridges and knobbly bits. By default, Fàbregas’s sculptural forms toy with a visceral kind of response. The work plays with notions of desire - an exploration of human reactions and responses to objects and things, explored through sculptures that themselves are satisfying to look at, to touch, to interact with. Inherently, then, Fàbregas’s work is sensorial - but crucially, the artist conceives her work in a somatic way, a word here used to explain sculpture in reference to its relationship to, and with, the human body. Speaking to Present Space over email, Fàbregas explains how the senses are rendered in sculpture, and how colour, texture and form are used to shape experience, and encounter, with these pieces. In the second half of 2022, Fàbregas took part in the Lyon Biennale, the theme of which was centred around a ‘manifesto of fragility’ by curators, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath. Below, Fàbregas discusses Growths, the work made for the biennale, which was on display in the Fagor Factory - a venue formerly used by the home appliance company of the same name, and now used for cultural events such as the biennale.
In conversation with ELLIE BROWN
Images courtesy of EVA FÀBREGAS
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