Biography

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. Currently based in London (UK), Fernanda is a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Royal College of Arts (RCA).

 

Statement

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.

 

Education

2016 - Master of Arts in Ceramics and Glass: Royal College of Art, London (UK)
Dissertation: Clay & Suicide (High Pass)


2014 - Bachelor of Industrial Design: National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Faculty of Architecture: Center of Investigation for Industrial Design, Mexico City (Mexico)
Thesis: Compendium of Mexican Cooking Utensils (High Pass)


2013 - Student Exchange: Université de Moncton Faculté de Arts Visuels, Moncton (Canada)


2012 - Student Exchange: École National Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI), Paris (France)

 

Selected Exhibitions

2019 - XIV Biennal Internacional de Cerámica de Manises 2019 (Spain)
2019 - Concours Jeune Céramique Européenne, L’Office Culturel: Terralha – Festival Européen des Arts Céramiques, Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie (France)
2019 - Concurso Internacional de Ceràmica de l'Alcora 39: Museu Ceràmica l´Alcora (Spain)
2019 – Camaradas, UK – Mexico Art Competition: Menier Gallery, London (UK)

2018 – House of Mexico in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy, OXO Tower London (UK)
2018 – Sculpture at Doddington Hall 2018: Ceramics Exhibition, Doddington (UK)

2017 – MITLA: Place of the dead – Solo Exhibition: 67 York Street, London (UK)
2017 – Camaradas, UK – Mexico Art Competition: 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: 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)

 

Magazines

Arts Thread, ‘Q&A with Fernanda Cortes’ by Calum Ross, 24 October 2017

1 Granary, ‘Fernanda Cortes: Objects as Prothesis for the soul’ by Tarryn Williams, 24 November 2016

Crafts, The magazine for contemporary crafts, ‘Why the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects is relaunching in style’, Nov/Dic 2016, No 263, p. 116

 

Residency

2019 - 2021 Yorkshire Artspace, The Starter Studio Programme for Ceramicists, Sheffield (South Yorkshire)
2018 - Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh (Scotland)


Talks

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)


Awards

2014 – RCA Innovation Scholarship
2013 – UNAM DGECI Scholarship