Sculpture

Amandine Guruceaga

Lives and works in Marseille – France

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Biography

Picture Amandine Guruceaga - Spring Artist
Amandine Guruceaga
© Allyssa Heuze

A 2013 graduate from the Marseille École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Amandine Guruceaga has assembled a shape-shifting body of works, ranging from sculpture and installation to precious objects and projects involving public spaces.

Amandine Guruceaga’s work is in praise of making, as a physical, intimate relationship to matter.

The artist both mistreats and strokes metal, fabric, hides. She breaks down barriers between art and crafts, organic matter and technique, to better explore manufacturing processes and the socioeconomic background of materials.

She has contributed to numerous institutional shows and cofounded TANK, an artist-run space in Marseille devoted to producing, sharing, and inviting fellow artists.

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Highlights

  • Public commission, Mirador balnéaire, for Marseille-Provence 2013 (when Marseille was designated as the European Capital of Culture). 
  • Awarded the second LVMH Métiers d’Art residency: a 6-month immersion in a Spanish tannery, inspiring a major exhibition and an RVB Books publication.
  • 2018 Révélations Emerige bursary 
  • 2019 Salon de Montrouge
  • 2019 winner of FRAEME’s Compagnie Fruitière international residency in Côte d’Ivoire / Solo Show at the ART-O-RAMA fair
Amandine Guruceaga, Myth Tartar (Série), 2017

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So Wet Blue et Phyllo Navy © Photo : Alexandre Guirkinger

“Amandine Guruceaga first worked with wax-printed African fabrics developed by settlers for trade, discoloring them to bring out their reactions, playing disappearing or enduring patterns. She has since produced leathers as translucid as stained glass—a method she developed in the wake of her residency at the Riba Guixà tannery.

Animal veins, skeletal structures and scars appear on the hides, along with stretch marks that arise from their intensive breeding. “History is engraved in matter,” points out the artist. Through revelatory, caring gestures, Amandine Guruceaga is able to shift history. Here, chlorophyll-colored hides, captured in light boxes reminiscent of a biologist’s slides, suggest the fusing of organic, animal, and plant orders (Myth Tartar series, 2017). Elsewhere, a patchwork of multicolored leathers is centrally layered in her composition, fanning out in a centrifugal vortex, entering into relationship much like a painter’s palette (Acid Mix Pergamine I, 2017).

(…) Amandine Guruceaga’s work breaks down the barriers that separate painting from sculpture, art from crafts.”

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Acid Mix Pergamine I, 2017
 Collection LVMH Métiers d’Art, © Photo: Alexandre Guirkinger