PAULA CORTAZAR AT SWAB / ESPRONCEDA

SWAB / ESPRONCEDA Art Prize
October 5, 2021

Paula Cortazar (Monterrey, Mexico, 1991) , winner of the second edition of the SWAB / ESPRONCEDA Art Prize made a residency in Espronceda at the end of this summer and the work on display is the result of their artistic residency.

In this exhibition Cortazar, along the artist Luke Kelsey, established a joint narrative based on the figure of the line, a prevailing elemento in the strokes of the artist. For this show the pictorial and sculptural lines converge between her creations, mainly based on the search for her own drawing in nature. In her practice Cortazar works each fragment manually, intervening the stone minimally to maintain part of the modeling that nature itself created and thus preserve the traces of each one of these stones and develop her sculptures as three-dimensional or volumetric sketches. 

Through observation and taking inspiration from landscapes, she patiently creates her stone pieces. The element chosen for her residence in Espronceda has been alabaster —since there is a long tradition of this material in our country— which has given her sculptures different shades: from white to ochre, through more pink tones. Cortazar works each fragment manually, intervening the stone minimally to maintain part of the modeling that nature itself created and thus preserve the traces of each one of these stones.

SWAB / ESPRONCEDA Art Prize was born with the aim of creating alliances with galleries, art fairs and the art market. It also offers artists the possibility of experiencing an art residency in Barcelona, where they can enjoy a period of reflection and research. This collaboration with Swab is an example of Espronceda’s philosophy, which for years has led to the need to create alliances and new forms of collaboration between entities in the art world, as well as the need to support artists in their careers. The 2021 award officially opens with the presentation of the artists Paula Cortazar —in collaboration with Gallery Nosco [10]— and Luke Kelsey —Groc Projects [11]—, as the first edition in 2020 was cancelled due to the consequences of Covid-19.