NSP 2017 Finalist • Ana Catarina Pereira
Ana Catarina Pereira completed her Masters at Chelsea College of Arts. She had work made on the occasion of Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize, and was awarded with Royal British Society of Sculptors bursary in 2014. Her work was selected for the Aesthetic Art Prize and the Signature Art Prize. Last year, she participated at the Mdina Contemporary Art Biennal and at London Fashion Week. At present, her proposal for the First@108 Award is on the finalists’ show at the RBS, and she is working towards an exhibition at the Boston Mason House organised by Sarah Dwyer and Beth Colocci.
I believe that materials determine the way humanity operates, and my work is centred on their composition and behaviour. I am also interested on the impact their existence have in our society, in particular politics and gender roles. My proposal is based on the study of steel's atomic structure, which in my opinion resembles the fragility of the strange times we are living in.
My starting point was to counteract the stable character related to the iron crystals' form, with the concept of resilience also invoked in their formation. For that, I decided to work with steel plates: although a very real material they lack sustainability on their own; and using as internal structure universal beams.
On the other hand, I was inspired by the way carbon molecules link with iron: an extreme precise process that determines steel's toughness, ductility and weldability. The variety of products is due to the extreme versatile character that carbon's molecules have, and this led me to work with a bar that although tough and heavy is quite flexible.
Finally, I had in consideration the fact that oxygen is part of steel construction as much as on its destruction. To prevent from rusting, I decided to work with a solution that requires maintenance but keeps its original patination on the steel plates; and galvanise the flat bar - this will increase considerably the ‘no rust' life span (up to 50 years), but also will improve its resistance to shock and impact. By juxtaposing these two treatments I intend to differentiate the passage of time from its experience.