Carmen Pastrana

Spain, 1967


Holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, with a scholarship in Segovia. In 1999 she moved to New York for a period of eight years, where she had several exhibitions, including solo shows at Fish Tank Gallery, Penalver Studio and White Box Gallery. In 2007 he received a grant from NY Arts to work in his studios in Beijing. He currently lives and works in Madrid.
The work of the last few years refers to the way in which we are facing the changes brought about by the technological era. We spend more and more time distracted, self-absorbed and isolated. The massive use of technology and virtual reality increases dissociative experiences and diminishes the sense of real presence. The common space of the real disappears and gives way to a whirlpool of private bubbles, in which everyone constructs their own customised reality.
By means of an excellent drawing, the protagonists of his works appear wearing virtual reality glasses behind which they hide part of their face and all their thoughts and attention. The human figure blurs, fades, loses its shape and colour, dematerialises, becomes a ghost devoid of will. It is at this point where the artist raises her doubts, where she questions us about human nature, about her capacity for introspection, about the dialectic and the symbiosis that we establish with the machine, about this continuous flight towards an uncertain destiny.