A French contemporary sculptor, Gwladys Alonzo is known for the aesthetic and lexical vocabulary that reveals confrontations between the natural and the industrial.
Born in 1990 in France, Alonzo grew up in a family of Polish and Sicilian immigrants in various rural and industrial areas of France. The wide-ranging geography and environments she experienced growing up informed her sensitivity to codes and identities of different cultures. She attended the Ecole Supérieur d'Art et Design de Saint-Etienne and the Faculté des Beaux-Arts, Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi, Istanbul. She currently lives and works in Mexico.
Alonzo's works are organic entities whose forms are influenced by her daily walks. During these walks, she encounters different found objects among the landscapes, reappropriating them in her sculpture. This provides her work with a certain precarious vulnerability, as these materials seek to maintain their formal integrity at all costs. From Latin America to Europe, the landscape she investigates continues to grow, a rural culture confronting an expanding universe on an international scale. Alonzo employs common materials classic in sculpture, like metal, wax, concrete, marble, and stone, using unconventional techniques. She seeks to break the stereotype of the masculine practice of sculpture where massiveness rhymes with perpetuity and immobility.
Featured image: Gwladys Alonzo - Simulacre, 2016 (detail). Stone, concrete, spray paint. 50 4/5 × 74 × 9 4/5 in. 129 × 188 × 25 cm. Photo courtesy Perrotin