Pauline Fondevila (Le Havre, France, 1972) works with drawing, installation and sculpture to give shape and visibility to her personal universe: an imaginary she cultivates around P., a self-portrait she converted into a wooden puppet in 2006. It is an emotional map she nourishes with memories, but also with references from the world of comics (Tex Willer, Little Nemo), pop music (Nacho Vegas, Los Planetas, Family), film (Truffaut, Godard, Nanni Moretti) and art (On Kawara, Maurizio Cattelan, Edward Hopper). These references contaminate her work like a dripping of ideas which she adopts and adapts (disconnecting, fragmenting and mounting) from one work to another whatever the format – stickers (Le plaisir des yeux, 2004), a comic in collaboration with Francesc Ruiz and drawings by François Olislaeger (Echoesland, 2004), a poster (Share the Darkness, 2005), a written mural (De Nacho Vegas a Francesc Ruiz), drawings on paper (such as Cerca del cielo II, 2006; Es mi mundo tan pequeño, 2006) and installations (Una extraña mañana en Gijón, part I and II, 2006). Seated at her desk, the nerve centre of her microcosm, later P. stands up to draw on the wall while her references extend and separate, creating an ever-more consolidated iconostasis.
Joana Hurtado Matheu