Ester Partegàs
Spain, 1972
Ester Partegàs studied fine art at the University of Barcelona and later attended the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York. Since the late nineties, her work has taken a critical look at the everyday landscapes created by our consumer society. Her discourse draws from Pop Art in form and also takes note of the premises of Conceptual Art to express her own point of view on our immediate surroundings; the result is a disillusioned and disturbing reading of the excess, deterioration and waste caused by the capitalist system. To do so, the artist uses art forms such as drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and installation to create a multidisciplinary body of work fashioned through irony and metaphor. Although versatile in form, her pieces are always shaped by volumetric and spatial considerations—sculpture has always played a defining role in her work. The pictorial pieces Polylumpious Tetraflacidontics (Green) (2003) and Polylumpious Tetraflacidontics (Yellow White) (2004) form part of an extensive series in which the artist reproduces food labels by enlarging and distorting the image to reflect the artificial nature of the ingredients. By zooming in on the texts like a giant magnifying glass, she blows the information on preservatives and colourings out of size, giving the piece an optical effect that once again recalls sculpture. In fact, texts conveying messages—a direct reference to mass culture’s advertising slogans and marketing strategies—are a regular feature in her work.
David Armengol

Artworks by the artist included in the Collection Artworks by the artist included in the Collection

  • Polylumpious Tetraflacidontics (Yellow White) / 2004

  • Polylumpious Tetraflacidontics (Green) / 2003