We interviewed María de Andrés, author of “PAISAJES INTERIORES”

The exhibition titled “PAISAJES INTERIORES” ( INNER LANDSCAPES in English ) by María de Andrés, will be inaugurated on May 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. at the Gonzalo Casas Pessino Cultural Diffusion Center.

María de Andrés is a ceramist, designer and sculptor who has extensive professional experience in the field of Contemporary Ceramics. Native of Asturias, she resides in Madrid where she has her private workshop.

She has exhibited her works through individual exhibitions in cities such as Hamburg, Saratoga Springs- New York, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Zaragoza, Ciudad Real, Puertollano, Talavera de la Reina, Chinchón, and group exhibitions in different Spanish cities such as Madrid, Valencia, Granada , Malaga, Zaragoza, Alava, Vitoria, Castellón, El Escorial, etc. She has also exhibited abroad in places such as Braunschweigt (Germany), Carouge Geneva (Switzerland), Milan, Faenza (Italy), Saratoga Springs-New York, and  notably the exhibition titled “Spanish Ceramics for the 21st century” in Taipei, Caotun and Kaoshiung in Taiwan along with the FLICAM project in Fuping, China

She has received several prizes in National and International Plastic Arts Awards such as Prize-acquisition XIII Sculpture and Ceramics Contest “Villa de Móstoles”, XV Prize-Acquisition National Plastic Arts Awards “Ciudad de Alcorcón”, First Prize in Modeling in V Contest of the Plastic Arts of the RENFE Association, the Sculpture Prize by the  Municipal Board of Chamartín in the IV Contest of Plastic Arts “Lorenzo Aguirre” of Madrid and 3rd Prize in the XXVIII edition of the Contest of Plastic Arts “Small Format” of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

In this interview, María de Andrés tells us a little more about her professional career and about the work that we will be able to enjoy from May 22 to June 22.

What are your expectations when exhibiting your work in the Gonzalo Casas Pessino Cultural Diffusion Center?

The reason for exhibiting at the Gonzalo Casas Pessino Cultural Diffusion Center is mainly to make my ceramic works known. I think that in this Center, I can reach other cultural areas that are different from those I had previously known. What’s more, I admire the work they do at the Canis Majoris Foundation, and I am delighted to be part of their Art Exhibitions project.

What do you want to convey with your work?

With the exception of two, the works selected for this exhibition of Inner Landscapes are praising the curve, highlighting the concave shapes reinforced by edges, which delimit the material and reinforce its contours. Guided by intuition in the constant search for form and volume, I create pieces of concise and aesthetically balanced forms. In the field of ceramics, this search is complemented and enriched by the contribution of self-created enamels and other techniques that have shaped my personal universe. That search for form and beauty, is what I want to share with the viewer.

When did your interest in art begin?

At the age of 18 I discovered my vocation for Ceramics, and by the time I was 19 I devoting myself totally, abandoning a well-paid job to enter the Francisco Alcántara School of Ceramics in Madrid, where I learned about ceramic techniques and their multiple applications. I was captivated from the very beginning, because I was fascinated by that magical and mysterious world that touched on alchemy. At the age of 24 I had my first business assignment, for which I set up my own workshop in Madrid, and where I have continued to work exhaustively for 35 years, overcoming challenges and forging myself as an artist, and as a ceramist. I have always been interested in sculpture, volume, and it is in that area where I have developed my ceramic work.

How would you define your work?

My work runs between the ceramic tradition and sculptural art. In artistic ceramics the knowledge of the technique is indispensable for the creative process. My works are characterized by a refined technique, but it is intuition, creativity and passion that have shaped my artistic career.

In the field of ceramics my gaze has always been sculptural, developing two well differentiated lines: one being geometric, calculated, elaborated from previous sketches, facing the challenge of dominating the clay, and subjecting it to the rigidity of geometric shapes, right angles and edges. The other, comprised of organic forms and curved lines that in contrast, allows me to work from within my intuition, allowing myself to be carried along by the clay with much more freedom and fluidity. Despite this difference in both lines, I always move into a dialogue with each work.


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