Fernando Casasempere - Stack 2

Porcelain and stoneware, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Parafin.

Fernando Casasempere - Tectonic 2 (Grande)

Porcelain and stoneware, 2018

Tectonic 2 (Grande)

Porcelain and stoneware, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Parafin, London.

Fernando Casasempere has worked with porcelain on a huge scale to confront and probe the landscape. Something of this power remains in the smaller works where he continues to test and reveal the raw energy of porcelain. “The traditional blue and white Chinese ceramics, as well as the later European ceramics, have inspired me to search for new ways to apply colour in my porcelain sculptures and in turn keep the geological aspect of my work. Taking advantage of the natural transparency of porcelain, I thought it interesting to link that quality with a watercolour technique, which also relies on the application of colour under the same effect."

Fernando Casasempere

When Casasempere (b. 1958) moved to London from Chile in 1997, he brought with him over twelve tonnes of his own mixtures of clay, a feat confirming his long-standing obsession with the medium, but also identity and a deep-seated concern for the environment. The Chilean landscape and Pre-Colombian background of the Latin world are ever present in his sculptures.

Casasempere's ceramic forms are often inspired by the effects of machines and mass production on the environment and modern society. Other new sculptures made from ceramic blocks are inspired by both the ruined architecture of Pre-Columbian archaeological sites and the tectonic shifts of vast geological bodies.