Nerea Aixàs

Nerea Aixàs (AND)

Blocks

Work“Blocs” (Blocks) was born out of the desire to transport the viewer to a natural, wild setting in our country, by means of a road made of blocks. The intervention in the landscape consists of the union of pieces that are characterised by their contextual sensitivity and their fragmentation. In other words, they are pieces formed by different elements that on the one hand begin a dialogue with the landscape, which they perceptively enhance or modify; and on the other hand, they also communicate with the viewer, who discovers the setting through the sculpture, conceiving it as an integral part of the natural scenery.

These pieces categorically express the artist’s desire to obtain a “constructed” sculpture that bears some similarities with the principles of architecture, given its scale, spatial dimension and construction methods, yet which at the same time moves away from it, as it is void of any utilitarian purpose.

A piece made with weathering or Corten steel, with mirrors that create a visual interplay that in turn reaffirms the “misleading image”, a mixture between reality and illusion. Four fragmented blocks of steel come together in a reflected image to form a complete universe in miniature.

Location

In the Ras Zone. Nerea Aixàs will be there occasionally for all the visitors who would like to know more about her work or who seek advice for their own installations in nature.

Biography

Nerea Aixàs was born on 9 April 1980, in Andorra and moved to Barcelona in 1999, to pursue her Degree in the Fine Arts at Sant Jordi School of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona. As an artist, she began her career specialising in iron sculpture, a material that she enjoys moulding and a technique in which she has impressively displayed her mastery. She has also more sporadically worked with wood; however, although she admits to a clear preference for metals. The scope of her work broadened when she decided to reduce her sculpture to miniatures, which she converted into jewellery pieces.

By adapting her work to the form of jewellery, her sculpture is scaled to the proportions of the human body. For this purpose, she opted for fine metals, such as silver (her favourite), gold and bronze, combined with innovative materials such as cork, coral and weathering steel. Once in a while, she also uses colour, giving her pieces a nonchalant feel. For the final treatment of her metals, she applies her finishes by hand, working meticulously, until her sculptures are completely transformed to and interpreted on a small scale.