Carmen Rayavargas


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Land of Moors. Pigments, marble dust, sand and shellac. 300cmx120cm

Terra. Pigments, sand and shellac. 80cmx73cm

Jebel Sahro. Pigments, Ashes, Sand, Marble dust. 120cmx130cm


I was born in the North of Spain and brought to the South, lived in Granada's coast since I was a day old. I'm adopted and without knowledge of biological family.
This influences my work in my choice of elements, I work with earths in a need to ground my energies and emotions.
I currently am exploring water, (a very emotional element), and in particular it's depths.
My practice is an ongoing dialogue with materials I mainly source from nature.
Responding to their qualities and colours, I layer, erode, polish and build up the surface in a process of creation and destruction that echoes the (geological) forces that shape a landscape. Each piece takes a very long time.
The resulting works are inmediate , tactile, weighty objects inspired by the abstract patterns found in nature.
I'm interested mainly in the vibration of colours beside each other, but in addition I focus sometimes in creating an oscillation between micro and macro scale, a playful ambiguity that draws the viewer in.


Earlier education in Spain and USA.
BA Hons fine arts at Ruskin Anglia University, Cambridge, UK.
Graduate of Leith School of Art in Painting, Edinburgh, UK.
Based in Edinburgh but often travelling, always thirsting to see the entire globe.
Exhibit single works in joint exhibitions like the VAS. One at a time as the process to make them is extremely long. I also sell privately, please get in touch if you'd like to come to my studio and see how I work.