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Fernando Casasempere - Stack 2

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

Fernando Casasasempere - Tectonic 2 (Grande)

Photograph Stefan Handy

Fernando Casasempere - Tectonic 2 (Grande)

Porcelain and stoneware, 2018

Fernando Casasasempere - Stack 2

Photograph Stefan Handy

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.