Raquel Asensi

Bilbao, 1989


The natural and the artificial are fused into a single element in the work of Raquel Asensi through performance, the word, or the sculptural object. In one of her pieces, pottery becomes the medium that merges both worlds, converting a ceramic mask into an extension of the body that will return to its surroundings through decomposition. In another, the artist “petrifies” traces of seaweed from the Bay of Biscay in glazed stoneware, using its ashes to generate different effects on the material as a testimony to submarine deforestation owing to climate change. Asensi transforms the brutality of our time into beauty, condensing it in order to draw attention to it and create a space for reflection on the frenzied dynamics of our era and its ephemeral nature.