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Artist Statement

The medium is the message - Marshall McLuhan

Paula’s passion for nature and her interest in politics have a direct correlation with her personal life. Growing up in Barcelona as a political refugee, Paula has an ingrained sense of identity related to the political landscape. She has always felt fascinated by nature and its symbolism; Paula’s experiences of travel and relocation, particularly to Australia have further expanded her understanding of what nature is capable of and of the relationships between people, land and nature.

Paula focusses on the subjugation of nature through the reconfiguration of flora, the process of decolonisation and investigates the politicising of plants through the material thinking and handling of clay and collage. She researches, explores and examines how fine art practice might approach and foreground the decolonisation and politicising of nature by analysing and responding to address the exploitation of land using colour, the power of multiples, scale, movement and joy.

Paula has an artistic style of expression that uses complex forms, bold ornamentation and the juxtaposition of contrasting elements often conveying a sense of drama, movement and tension. She attempts to redress the imbalance created by anthropocentrism and allow nature to be seen as a dynamic subject rather than a passive object in art.

Bio

Paula was born in Argentina but grew up as a political refugee in Barcelona, Spain. Paula’s parents were very young and had an extensive political and cultural awareness that shaped her deeply while growing up. Barcelona was the perfect cosmopolitan place to grow, as Paula was interested from a very young age in arts, politics, poetry, philosophy and literature. The political background of Catalunya (Catalan) with the civil war and the Republican movement were the pillars of her interpretation of the world and the poet Miguel Hernandez was one of Paula’s most treasured inspirations in her life.
The unlimited access to international exhibitions of the masters, contemporary artists from around the world, the vast amount of festivals, European cinema and literature events provided Paula with an interest for the history of art that made her pursue the Bachelor’s degree. That further brought Paula to studies of Restoration of oil in canvas and the yearly preparation for the official school of restoration of Catalunya. She decided to follow her second passion, languages, and became a teacher of Spanish as a second language. Paula can currently speak four languages.
Paula moved in 2008 to Brisbane, Australia. She studied painting courses at the Brisbane Institute of Art and completed workshops with Marcel Desbiens for oil painting techniques while at the same time was volunteering at radio 4EB weekly, broadcasting a radio program called “Women’s Profile”. Through collaborations and engagement with the public she started to understand the cultural life of Australia and its history. After gaining her third nationality (Australian), Paula studied a Diploma of Visual Arts (2016), a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Canberra (2019) and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2020, achieving a first class honours at the Griffith University Queensland College of Art.
Paula’s personal practice took a radical change when she encountered clay and wood, sculpture and ceramics are her biggest passion with her artworks found in private collections in Australia, Spain, USA and Mexico.

In August 2021, Paula opened Red, Blue & Yellow Ceramic Studio, Art Gallery and Workshop Space to expand her practice and provide a learning centre focussed on developing ceramic skills. 

Education

PhD Student, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (Current) 

Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours (First Class), Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane 2020

Bachelor of Visual Arts, University of Canberra, Brisbane 2019

Diploma in Visual Arts, TAFE Queensland, Southbank Campus, Brisbane 2017

Level 1 in Oil Painting, Marcel Desbiens, Brisbane 2015

Painting 1 & Painting 2 Acrylic, Brisbane Institute of Art, Brisbane 2014

Exhibitions

Looking Back, Looking Forward, with Ruth Cho, Casey Coolwell, Mark du Potiers, Madison Bygrave, Leigh Lynam, Kyra Mancktelow, Sally Molloy, Perrin Millard, Dylan Mooney, Dylan Sarra, Erika Scott, Gin Sen, Daniel Sherington, Diana Vallejo, POP Gallery, Brisbane, April 2022

Down to Earth, with Jan Lawnikanis, Anita West, Bastian Allfrey, Marcel Desbiens, Man & Wah, Catherine Aboud, Bronwyn Searle, co-curated with Marcel Desbiens, Red, Blue & Yellow Art Gallery, Brisbane, December 2021

QCA Fair, Griffith University, December 2021

Plant Empire Garden Art Exhibition, Plant Empire, Brisbane, October 2021

As We Stand, with Ruaa Al-Rikabi, Kyra Mancktelow, Dylan Mooney, Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt and Amy Sargeant, curated by Georgia Hayward, Outer Space, Brisbane, June 2021

Gardens of Babylon, BAD, Bib’N’Brace Collective, Brisbane, May 2021

Honours Graduation Exhibition, Web Gallery, Brisbane, December 2020

Untold, Bib’N’Brace Collective, Brisbane, December 2019

Art and Artist Bazaar, Bib’N’Brace Collective, December 2019

Art and Artist Bazaar, Bib’N’Brace Collective, November 2019

Stellar Artist Showcase, Raw, The Met, Brisbane, August 2019

Blurring the Line, Bib’N’Brace Collective, Brisbane, April 2019

Memento Graduate Exhibition,TAFE Brisbane Southbank, Brisbane, July 2017

Painting 2 Graduate Exhibition, Metcalfe Gallery, Brisbane Institute of Art, Brisbane, September 2014

Painting 1 Graduate Exhibition, Metcalfe Gallery, Brisbane Institute of Art, Brisbane, June 2014

Awards and Prizes

Dean’s Excellence Award, University of Canberra 2019

Dean’s Excellence Award, University of Canberra 2018

Professional Experience

QRSnet Workshop: Clay Art 1 & 2, QUT Gardens Point, April 2022

Owner and operator of Red, Blue & Yellow Ceramic Studio, Art Gallery & Workshop space, August
2021

Teacher, Ceramics workshop, teaching slip casting, mould making and surface treatment, University of Canberra Southbank Campus, Brisbane, (3 weeks, March) 2019

Artist Buddy Art for Kids Vinnies buddies day program, Richlands, October 2018

Mentor, Ceramics mentorship, TAFE Queensland Southbank Campus, Brisbane, March 2018

Teacher, Slip-casting techniques workshop, TAFE Queensland Southbank Campus, Brisbane, March 2018

Panellist, with Nicola Hooper, Symposium, TAFE Queensland Southbank Campus, Brisbane, November 2017

Performer, Karike Ashworth, Home of the Brave II, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane, July 2017

2009–2012      Volunteer, Radio 4EB

Further Study

ELE Spanish, Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, International House, Barcelona 2008

Preparation course for entry to Catalunya School of Restoration, Barcelona 2006

Level 1 Restoration of Oil on Canvas, Escola de Conservacio I Restauracio D’Obres D’Art, ECORE (ECORE School of Conservation and Restoration of Art Works), Barcelona 2004

History of Art studies, Universitat Autonoma, Barcelona 2000 - 2003