The human being is the center around which I develop my art. He is the inspiring motive that I construct and deconstruct in each piece. I place him in different situations, sometimes a a lone figure, sometimes as a group. I try to discourse on his lights and his shadows, and to provoke an irreverent questioning in order to stir all those preestablished truths, and to propose a self-aware reflection on human nature, its values and principles.
TECHNIQUES AND PROCESSES
The Estudio Taller Santacana is located at a two-story house that is in total harmony with the art that it exhibits. After an arduous renovation that lasted for a year and a half, its architecture and ambiance are an organic extension of the same creative spirit, whose presence can be felt in the combination of textures and colors, the open spaces, the natural light, the nobility of the woodwork and the freedom of its ample doors and windows.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Beatriz Sala Santacana
I remember with excitement, in my first years of school, when the teacher gave each kid in the classroom a small wooden board with a big ball of white modeling clay on it. There were no colors nor tools. Only the ball of white clay, the board, fingers, and imagination.
For an hour we could make anything we wanted and we would put it on the small board. For a couple of days the figures would be exhibited and then they would be put back in the ball, which other fingers would work on.
I have never been able to forget that moment so special to me: I perfectly recall the smell and the texture of that clay. I remember that my works were always full of many characters carrying baskets and cases. The end result was like a large community. Inevitably, I always did the same thing, never growing bored of those characters carrying things on their backs.
Many years later I discovered clay, from which I could never part; and now a days, when I look at my work, I realize that I continue like I began: creating characters that don’t stop carrying.