Vegetation Room VII, 2000
13 Resin and bronze powder panels
Sculpture dimensions: 250 x 185 x 220 cm, room dimensions: 275 x 300 cm
The discrepancy that lies between exterior and interior is central to Cristina Iglesias’ wall pieces, which feature aluminum or bronze castings of flora and fauna. Often displayed in a room within a room, an alien piece of architecture in the ‘finished’ space of a gallery or museum, the works challenge not only our concept of ‘nature’, but of the ‘natural’. Recently, the artist has been adding her own ‘fantastic’ versions of plants, seeds and fungi in order further to distance her work from the notion of copying or reproducing nature. Like a nineteenth-century English manor house, there are a series of “scarcely perceptible transitions from interior to exterior” in Iglesias’ work.
Born in San Sebastián, Spain 1956. Lives and works in Madrid. Several national and international exhibitions, notably; Donald Young Gallery, Chicago 2000, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 2003, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York 2005, Museum Ludwig, Köln 2006, Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid 2007, Instituto Cervantes, París 2007.