Dominica Sánchez

Barcelona 1945
“Dominica Sánchez's work is polyhedral, it is based on drawings and sculptures, it touches various supports - paper, bronze and iron - and everything has a link forming part of the same organic world (...). The result is austere works creating geometric, synthetic and elegant forms.” (Mònica Ramon, curator)

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Dominica Sánchez (Barcelona, 1945) has dedicated many years to drawing, generally on large-format monochrome paper, working with opaque black charcoal and shiny oxides, coming to perfectly master the technique from which she has arrived at sculpture. Circumferences, dashed lines, and penciled geometric shapes, sometimes smeared with pigments, represent her personal vision of a natural world. She affirms that her works could be the result of the gestures of housework, which are neither feminine nor masculine: cleaning a window, setting a table... Gestures that she transforms into giant, strange and distorted notes. She has a long exhibition career, although she is better known in Paris and in the United States than in her country. Maria Lluïsa Borràs describes her painting as the expression of an "inner landscape (...), a painting that describes the emotions, the sensations, the state of mind of the painter without resorting to reality and that, far from reproducing what the eyes see , is based exclusively on properly pictorial elements, with shape and line, structure and color." For the sculptures, she chooses materials such as cardboard, iron, and bronze, which she cuts and folds until she is satisfied with the final effect, which at times recalls the work of Oteiza, Nicholson, or González. Also her three-dimensional forms refer to the everyday world. However, her sculptures have inherited from the constructivist tradition, which claims a position against carving and modeling. Diverse in meaning, her work exudes a curious force of its own, catching the radiance of her, like candlelight, while being geometric and well-proportioned at the same time. Her sculptures evoke an austere and elegant abstraction that, although intimate in scale, present a great monumentality. His works are part of numerous private collections and international and regional galleries in Barcelona, Paris, New York and San Francisco, as well as the Cerdanyola Museum of Art M.A.C and the Museum of Modern Art and the Institute of Fine Arts, CONACULTA–INBA in Mexico.