Born in Buenos Aires, Paula Completed her MA in Sculpture at Royal College of Art in 2023 and currently lives and works in London.
My practice addresses hybrid identities, the social construction of heritage, and the power relationships that shape it. My pieces often reference neoclassical imagery from architectural façades in a state of transformation.
By appropriating this historical imagery, I explore the communicative value of the ornament. I find this iconography to hold an intimate evocative power due to its presence in my hometown’s architecture, while its political implications perform at a cultural level as expressions of social values, status, and order.
This iconography is known for its symmetry and structured design, often reflecting ideas of order, balance, and rationality. In contrast, the organic fleshy organic forms offer a counterpoint, suggesting fluidity, metamorphosis, and change.
My work balances between abstraction and representation, syncretism and distinctiveness. Through these permanent crosses, I invite viewers to reconsider fixed categories of interpretation and embrace intersections.
Rejecting the Western dualistic thinking that separates nature/culture and human/thing, hybridity becomes central to my work, combining theatrical sensuality and neo-baroque and rococo exuberance.