This viewing room contains works by Ana Navas that are part of the second edition of our online magazine Volumes.
Please click here to explore Volume II - Ana Navas & Marisol Rodríguez.
Ana Navas’ (*1984) practice is a combination of various art forms, including sculpture, video, painting and performance. In doing so, it focuses on user, design and art objects in the broadest sense of the word. As a sort of researcher, she explores the genealogy - the origin and development history - of such objects. She uses both a historical and a fictional approach to raise questions about the relationship between form and function and between "original" and "copy" of objects. In humorous and inventive ways Ana Navas shows that what we are - or better what we are required to be - is constructed and communicated through simple and seemingly inoffensive objects and behaviors. How is it possible that an object, such as an ironing board, is anchored in the collective memory of millions of people around the world? And how does the meaning of universal forms change in different contexts? According to Navas, this subject is important for artists and the process of creating art and design works. Where do makers get their inspiration and creativity from? To what extent is it possible to come up with an object or idea entirely on your own? Or are they by definition merged elements of things that you have seen before? And if so, to what extent can you actually claim that something is your idea?