Constanza Isaza Martinez
Constanza Isaza Martínez is a visual artist based in London, working primarily in photography. Having developed a passion for the medium from a very young age, she studied Photographic Arts at BA level at the university of Westminster, and was awarded a First Class degree in 2007. After graduating, she lived and worked in Colombia, her country of origin, where she participated in numerous group exhibitions as well as holding a solo exhibition.
Constanza has been selected for artist residencies in Canada, Italy and the USA; her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in private collections in the UK, Colombia, Canada and the USA. In 2010, she returned to London to continue her studies, and in 2012 she received her MA in History of Art with a distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Constanza is currently researching her latest work, an investigation into early photographic processes. She lives and works in London, where she co-owns Lux Darkroom, a space dedicated to teaching and researching analogue and historical photographic processes.
The Evolution series depicts a collection of shells in a state of decay and calcification. The images recall the conventions of Early Modern Northern European still life painting through their emphasis on lighting, texture and detail. Like Vanitas paintings, the photographs are nature morte allegories of the transience of the physical world; but the title suggests an ongoing cycle of decay and rebirth, and thereby the possibility of transcendence.
The photogravure print, made from oil-based bone black ink, does for the images what calcification has done to the shells themselves – it creates a permanent, stable, carbon-based print based on a photographic matrix.