Barcelona, Spain born 1956
Llosa de Leku
Collection Title: Pedres Blanques (White Stones) series
Place made: Olot, Girona, Spain
Materials & Technique: ceramics, sculptures, porcelain with felspar and volcanic grit porcelain
Claudi Casanovas’s powerful and uncompromising works evoke the texture and landform of his native Catalonia, their massive forms suggesting archaeological fragments of ancient structures, such as cisterns and foundations. While the archaeological character of his works reveals a debt to the stonemason’s art of analysis and cutting of material, they are also raw with references to the unique properties of clay when it is subjected to fire. Casanovas’s technique is to freeze the porcelain clay before shattering it to form blocks from which he develops dense, massed forms. Following the firing process, he further sculpts these forms with a hammer and chisel to achieve highly textured and eroded surfaces that are animated with light and focus on the elemental properties of clay and fire.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra