The central aim of my practice is to investigate the spatial sense of self as a means to observe that everything in life is interdependent. I begin with two axioms: (1) everything is part of a whole and is a whole itself, and (2) life is a multifaceted organism. Therefore, life is understood as a web of relationships and experiences that happen within space.
I use sculpture to examine how our perceptual experiences and our spatial sense of self connect us to this life network. My tools are the monochrome, color, silence, light, and the containment of space. My motifs are everyday objects such as books or chairs, enclosed spaces, everyday observations, plants, landscapes, stars, the earth and the sky, dawn and dusk. My fundamental actions consist of replicating, containing, constructing, tracing, mapping, weaving, joining, and embracing. With these, I seek to elaborate a full poetics of paradise, to achieve symbiosis, to draw interdisciplinary elements from botany, literature, geography, and astronomy into life continuums, e.g. running through what is up and down, miniature and massive. Indeed, these are all latent metaphors for the interdependent network that is life.
María Fernanda Barrero is a Mexican artist who lives and works in Monterrey Mexico. Her work is mainly characterized by the use of white paper, or thread, as well as the use of contained monochrome spaces which include elements of nature and landscape.
She graduated from a Masters in Fine Arts Sculpture by the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London in 2008 and a Fine Arts Bachelor at the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico in 2003. She also studied sculpture at Europäisches Kunst Akademie, Germany in 2005 and West Dean College, England in 2005. Her solo exhibitions include: By the End of Dusk, Alternativa Once Gallery, Monterrey (2018); A House in the Air at Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León, Monterrey (2014); The flowers of a Garden that Might Have Existed, Galería CONARTE. Monterrey (2012); A Garden by Dawn, Alternativa Once, Monterrey, (2010). She participated in the Registro 05 group exhibition at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MARCO) Monterrey (2018) and in the X FEMSA Biennale in 2012 as well as in over 40 group shows in Mexico, United States, England, Italy, Israel and Japan. She participated in the Mino Paper Residency (2011) granted by the Japanese government and their exhibition Navigating Light at the Mino Washi Museum, Japan. She obtained the Bernardo Elosúa. Arte A.C. Award Soporte/papel in 2009.