Rafaela de Ascanio

Hundida, 2020


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Glaze on stoneware
53 x 20 x 30 cm
20 7/8 x 7 7/8 x 11 3/4 in

Hundida, a woman strangling herself, is an image that started as a very loose, brightly coloured oil on paper.  She was then developed as the protagonist in a large scale Boschian nightmare in oils, and then stepped out of the canvas to form a ceramic sculpture. As the clay rose, her head began to collapse onto her neck, her face became featureless, a convex, metallic surface, giving way to her exuberant glazed hair, weighing her down and enveloping her like seaweed as she drowns.  The image of her and what she represents is stretched and compressed, moving from narrative character to symbolic form through the different mediums.

Rafaela de Ascanio

Rafaela de Ascanio (b.1986, lives and works in London) studied at Central Saint Martins (2004), The Courtauld Institute of Art (MA, 2010) and Turps Banana Painting Programme (2019). She will present a solo exhibition at Liliya Art Gallery in May 2021.

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