Fernanda has approached ceramics from various angles ranging from industrial design, where mass production and hard structures come into play, to art, where she has the freedom to explore ideas and emotions. A graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – UNAM).
Using my imagination to create anthropomorphic forms, I seek to create figures that emerge from an overwhelming emotional density and question whether my subjects are marked by a dehumanisation that I apprehend as a general condition. I can only say that they hover in the realm of the in-between of human and non-human. Qualities swirl about in this realm, like infusions of light and dark, but invariably they loom in a state of abject otherness. In this state there is a quality of a fold of force and emergence in which questions are emitted.
2014-2016 – Master of Arts in Ceramics and Glass: Royal College of Art, London.
2013-2013 – Student Exchange: Université de Moncton Faculté de Arts Visuels, Canada.
2012-2012 – Student Exchange: École National Supérieure de Création Industrielle ENSCI, Paris.
2008-2014 – Bachelor of Product Design: National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) – Faculty of Architecture, Centre of Investigation for Industrial Design, México City.
2017 – MITLA: Place of the dead – Solo Exhibition, Produced and Sponsored by Medesthai: 67 York Street, London (UK)
2017 – Camaradas, UK – Mexico Art Exhibition: Menier Gallery, London (UK)
2017 – Collect, The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects: Saatchi Gallery, London (UK)
2016 – ING Discerning Eye Exhibition: The Mall Galleries, London (UK)
2016 – Young Masters Exhibition 2016: Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London (UK)
2016 – Show RCA Graduate Exhibition 2016: Royal College of Art, London (UK)
2016 – Paper|Publication|Performance: Lychee One, London (UK)
2016 – Bienal UNAM Artes Visuales: Galería Antonio Ramírez, Mexico City (Mexico)
2016 – In Context, selected works from the RCA Ceramics and Glass graduating class: Preston Fitzgerald’s Private Home, London (UK)
2016 – The Emerging and the Established: Christie’s South Kensington, London (UK)
2015 – RCA School of Material Work-in-progress Show: Royal College of Art, London (UK)
2014 – RCA School of Material Work-in-progress Show: Royal College of Art, London (UK)
2014 – Student Final Show: Université de Moncton, Moncton (Canada)
2017 – Making Meaning: how death and burial inform the creation of meaning in life, London (UK)
2016 – Fragmentos de Duelo. Conversatorio con Fernanda Cortés, Oaxaca (Mexico)
BURSARIES AND AWARDS
2014 – Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship
2013 – Beca UNAM, DGECI Dirección General de Cooperación e Internacionalización