About the artist
Francisca Prieto’s work seeks to uncover the intrinsic characteristics of an idea or object, looking to capture and visualise original meaning through conceptual analysis and structural principles.
The principles that characterise Prieto’s practice emerge primarily in spatial compositions; her interest in grids and structures, lines and syntheses, are consistently referenced. Angles and folds are mathematically and meaningfully considered, drawing attention to unique and telling details of the collected fragments of history with which she constructs her work.
Between Folds explores the beauty and intrigue of pages that can no longer tell their story, creating poignant narratives that reignite the dismissed or the discarded. Prieto’s interest in art theory and historical narrative is embedded in her work, emerging not only through the material she uses but through the reinterpretation of theory or art philosophies. Intrinsic Dimension is a homage to A. Rodchenko’s 1921 thesis, which rejects figurative painting for a new spatial approach; Prieto applies a collection of card railway tickets as pigment, creating intense visual texture and colour. Most recently, Traces of Absence frames space, transforming printed words to a sharp metal edge, adding a powerful new dimension to each narrative and spatial investigation.
Reading from up close, in illuminating detail, and from afar, through a subtle revelation of shapes or symbols in shadow or pattern, there is a powerful discourse in the work between the individuality of the parts and the whole. It is the search for realising and revealing meaning that pushes her work to constantly evolve.
Prieto was born in Chile, where she trained and worked as a graphic designer. In 2001 she moved to London to study for an MA at Central Saint Martins, where she continues to live and work. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally, and features in private and public collections, including the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Gallery and the British Library.