Please upgrade your browser

For the best experience, you should upgrade your browser. Visit our accessibility page to view a list of supported browsers along with links to download the latest version.

Student Showcase Archive

Fernanda Cortes

MA work

MA work

  • NICOLA

    NICOLA, FERNANDA CORTES 2015
    Handbuilt Earthenware, underglaze, shiny glaze and lustre.
    23.5 cm × 19 cm x 19 cm | Photographer: Dominic Tschudin

  • Behemoth

    Behemoth, FERNANDA CORTES 2015
    Handbuillt Earthenware, shiny glaze and lustre.
    30 cm × 19 cm x 23cm | Photographer: Dominic Tschudin

  • TE TOCA!

    TE TOCA!, FERNANDA CORTES 2015
    Handbuilt Earthenware, matt and transparent glaze and lustre.
    18 cm × 18 cm x 23.5 cm | Photographer: Dominic Tschudin

  • VERANO

    VERANO, FERNANDA CORTES 2016
    Handbuilt Earthenware, turquoise and lilac slip, semi-matt glaze, transparent glaze and lustre.
    36 cm × 25 cm x 45.5 cm | Photographer: Dominic Tschudin

  • FORZA

    FORZA, FERNANDA CORTES 2016
    Handbuilt Earthenware, variety of colour slip, semi-matt glaze and transparent glaze.
     73 cm × 28 cm x 18cm | Photographer: Dominic Tschudin

  • AMO DE VUELTA

    AMO DE VUELTA , FERNANDA CORTES 2016
    PAPER AND INK
    21 CM X 30 CM | Photographer: FERNANDA CORTES

  • UNTITLED

    UNTITLED, FERNADNA CORTES 2016
    PAPER AND INK
    15CM X 15 CM | Photographer: FERNANDA CORTES

  • Sharik’s leftovers

    Sharik’s leftovers, FERNANDA CORTES 2015
    Handbuilt Earthenware, turquoise and lilac slip, semi-matt glaze, transparent glaze and lustre.
    18 x 18.5 x 12.5 cms | Photographer: NICOLA ZANON

SHARIK'S LEFTOVER

My work starts with a piece of magic realist story telling about a street dog called Sharik who is scientifically experimented upon by having his brain removed and a human one transplanted in its place. He survives this operation and after a few weeks starts to display human intelligence and behaviour - including the ability to speak and communicate human-like demands and desires. However, at this point of articulation the operation is reversed and his canine brain restored so that he becomes a dog again.  

Is this surgical experiment an act of cruelty or love? How much should we give and then take back?  Hopefully, the pieces of art that I am working on will cause the viewer to ask such questions. 

Info

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2016

  • I am Fernanda Cortes, I am from Mexico City. I am a designer, an artist and my material is clay. 

    I am interested in exploring clay not just as a material but also as a source of language and emotion. I sculpt because I am creating characters, personas and feelings, like a mirror reflecting an image of the human condition.

  • Degrees

  • Bachelor of Product Design: National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM-Faculty of Architecture, Centre of Investigation for Industrial Design, México City, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • In Context, Preston Fitzgerald’s Private Home, London, UK, 2016 ; The Emerging and the Established,Christie’s South Kensington, London, UK, 2016; RCA School of Material Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2016; RCA School of Material Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2015; Bienal Artes Visuales UNAM, Galeria Antonio Ramirez Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Mexico City, Mexico, 2016
  • Awards

  • Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship, 2014; DGECI Grant (Dirección General de Cooperación e Internacionalización) National Autonomous University of Mexico, 2013