Introducing: Carolina Fontoura Alzaga
CAROLINA (Caro) FONTOURA ALZAGA is a multidisciplinary artist with a penchant for repurposing castoff materials and exploring socio-political themes. Hailing from Mexico, Brazil, and USA, Caro’s Work is informed by her lifelong movement between spaces and cultures. What she produces are reflections and documents of these environments and her artistic vocabulary evolves with these shifting realities. In the Winter of 2007 She received a BFA with an emphasis in painting & digital art from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Caro is based in Los Angeles, California.
The CONNECT series consists of multiple, functional sculptures in the form of traditional chandeliers yet made of recycled bicycle parts. This developing body of work draws inspiration from the aesthetics of victorian era chandeliers, DIY and Bike Culture, and follows an art tradition of utilizing non artistic materials for sculpture.
This series addresses class codes, power dynamics, reclaimed agency, and ecological responsibility. The traditional chandelier is seen as a bourgeois commodity, a cachet of affluence, excess, and as such power. The recycled bicycle parts become a representation of the dismissed, invisible, and powerless, but are also an affirmation of self-propelled movement. The bicycle chandelier thereby creates a new third meaning of reclaimed agency.
These Subversive objects challenge the aesthetics of wealth by visually contrasting the classic elegance of the candelabrum with the newfound elegance of discarded, mechanical bicycle parts. Also, as objects made from existing materials they challenge the necessity of the new.
CONNECT is a metaphor of potentiality in collectivity. It imagines what is possible with each unique chandelier form.