Altea Grau investigates the book and the page

By CARLOS PINTO

 

Altea Grau lives and works in London where she combines art practice with her doctoral research at the London University of the Arts. Specialized in printmaking, she investigates the book and the page and their aesthetic and emotional implications in the communication process.

Through ideas closely linked to the concept of page such as duality, echo, reflection or the idea of folding page, Altea Grau’s work investigates conventional communication processes and the idea of the page as a relating mechanism.

Describing her works as “allusions to texts” her artworks call upon a curious approach, an intimate look from its viewers. Almost imperceptible, Grau’s works can be defined as a new trace of writing, corresponding to silenced words that remain just perceptible enough to propel one’s imagination.

A counter position where the erasure of the written word is forever metamorphed as signs, mark and actions that enable us to recover the breath and make use of a language capable of radically modifying our life.

Providing the ability to disable unidirectional interpretations about history and writing towards new forms of communicating the un- communicable.

 

Top image: ALTEA GRAU, Constellations, 2018. Etching and xilography on paper, 35 x 61 cm (detail). ENQUIRY

ALTEA GRAU, Picturing the Invisible, 2019. Digital print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper and graphite on tracing paper, 33 x 50 cm
ALTEA GRAU, Picturing the Invisible, 2019. Digital print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper and graphite on tracing paper, 33 x 50 cm