ISABEL BRITO-FARRE

"My practice is founded on the encounter, the loss and distance. I started sewing as a way of both mending and keeping what was damaged or lost.
My experience as a foreigner has prompted an interest in language. I am attracted to the physical and visual aspects of words, and I try to make them mine by making of them something tangible; I am also drawn to ambiguity of meaning, the poetic twist of communication. The relationship between image and text is sometimes direct, presenting things and events that relate clearly, other times enigmatic, when things and events with no obvious relationship appear in proximity and create new layers of communication.
I began my current project making books, drawing with thread and pencil a narrative that came naturally with the pages. I decided to use thread, pencil and paper to reveal the fragility and tangibility of the subject matter.
After a while, I became more interested in the elasticity of my topics. I am at a point now where I do not seek a sequential narrative, but rather a synchronic form of presentation. As a consequence, I use single sheets which work well as individual pieces and as part of a group.
Each drawing has a kind of temporality, that is to say, something that “is happening” rather than something that “is.” The physical distance between two or more drawings gives the work a third dimension that is necessary to construct meaning. On the other hand, there is a sense of detachment when a drawing is presented alone, and a moment of anxiety, as if something else needs to be added either before, after or during “it.” One way or another, each piece is a reminder and/or a proof of an encounter.

I was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1974. I graduated from Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona University) with a Fine Arts Degree in 1998. In the same year, I moved to London, UK, where I graduated with an MFA from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in 2003. I worked in Hungary and Venice, Italy, and moved to the United States in 2005. I now live and work in Barcelona, Spain.