Irene Fernández Arcas is an interdisciplinary artist. She creates installations, combining drawings, paintings, photography, texts and performative rituals.
In her work, she explores new conceptions of spirituality and the healing powers of art. Her practice embraces experiments and ongoing research into domestic rituals, self-care, and the process of art making itself. They are an invitation into the present moment and the unfolding of Now. She paints through movement, eroticism, intuition, humor and emotion. Her installations unfold as habitable spaces, built from colourful painted textiles, and objects which are often relicts from the artist’s prior ceremonies or projects. Collected over the years, they build connections with her own history and homeland. What materializes are metaphorical inner gardens that give room for activations, to explore magic and community. A dialogue and a laboratory in motion for exchange. Through collective self-care we transform and reshape.
Irene was born in Granada, Spain. She lives between Berlin and the Mediterranean context. She studied Journalism in Málaga and Fine Arts in Berlin. Her work has been shown in Spain, Portugal and Germany, and in Berlin most recently at Kühlhaus Berlin, THE FAIREST - Blake and Vargas Gallery, The Institute of Endotic Research, and Galerie im Turm. She collaborates recently with Collective Disaster, COVEN Berlin, and is represented by The Fairest.
There are always personal ritualistic gestures on the dramaturgy of habits of every artist, bringing out of the transcendental body whatever is stored. I create as a rite of transformation. It's an experiment within material and process, reversing classical procedures. I investigate pushing myself out of the comfort to flow intuitive. A lot happens randomly. Afterwards, I build my installations as ensembles of my paintings and other objects I craft. I wish those artworks to be a room where visitors get in contact with the Now. Therefore an important part of my practice is to activate the space with collective experiences: rituals, readings, dinners, performances…
I explore through collaborative practices the notions of self care and domestic rituals and aim to co-create inner gardens; with it, I wish to collaborate to self-transformation.