Confined artists: Alicia Giráldez and Noni Font
Dear Drap-Art Friends,
This week we present the last two artists from our Call for confined artists: Alicia Giráldez and Noni Font.
Alicia Giráldez is a jewelry artist who works in Barcelona. A course in Canada in 1986 initiated her passion for jewelry, she then attended a Jewelry Workshop at the Escola Massana directed by Ramón Puig Cuyás from 1987 to 1990. In 2007 she opened Taller Perill, a contemporary jewelry school-workshop in the Gracia neighborhood where different professionals teach and direct projects always from the perspective of contemporary jewelry as an artistic language. From 2008 to 2018 she was part of the Joyas Sensacionales group coordinated by Silvia Walz, where they developed multiple projects and exhibitions. She is conceptually fascinated by systems, connections and networks; the infinite variety of the same and how the units relate to each other. She is also interested in exploring the expressive possibilities of the different materials that surround us in current daily life, which inevitably leads her to considering as raw materials the plastics, remains, waste, disposables and detritus, we generate and then uses to transform them into new expressive objects based on their specific characteristics, seen from a new perspective. During confinement she focused on Pet bottles, a material that we are invaded by and we do not know how to get rid of, trying to give them a new use and a new finish.
Our second artist is Noni Font. He graduated as an industrial designer at the Milan Polytechnic where he developed his profession for a few years, until he moved back to Barcelona creating his own enterprise, from which he collaborated with countless companies to design their products.
After more than 25 years, he felt the need to take a new direction in his profession, to be able to give his artistic creativity a freedom that his work limited him in. He started expressing this through sculpture inspired by his love for the sea and the practice of diving. He focuses on the portrayal of fish and works with recycled materials. Giving life to waste materials, especially those from the sea, interests him in a special way, as a way of cleaning beaches and at the same time as a means for his personal expression, characterized by a particular cartoonish touch.
We hope you enjoy the artists’ work and stay tuned for the news about our next projects!