Carolina Serrano (b. 1994, Funchal, Portugal) lives and works in Cologne, Germany. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon.
Serrano exhibits her work regularly since 2018, highlighting the following solo exhibitions: Forever about to end, FOCO Gallery, Lisbon (PT), 2020; Between the thumb and index finger, UMA LULIK_ Gallery, Lisbon (PT), 2020; What words to name, Galerie Alex Serra, Cologne (DE), 2021. In 2020, Serrano received a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Visual Arts Support Programme. In 2021 and 2022 she also receives the Aus Geht’s Stipendum grant from the Ministry of Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia (DE) and in 2022 the NEUSTART KULTUR work and production grant from the Stiftung Kunstfonds Foundation (DE). In 2022 she is appointed one of the 7 Women Artists of the Future at ARCO Madrid 2022.
Serrano’s work and research revolves around the temporal dimension of sculpture and around the sphere of the human.
The artist sculptural thinking collapses, recurrently, with the notions of light and shadow, the notion of transmutation and with the ideas of destruction and appearance, whether those notions are present in a real and literal way in the works whether they are only suggestions, or late appearances.
Through her work the artist explores, among others, the duality between interior and exterior and between full and empty space. Serrano is interested in the concept of the restricted, inaccessible and therefore unknown “place”, and also in the uncertainty of the extent of that “place”.
Carolina Serrano is also interested in the possibility of the materialization of the shadow and in the transsubstantial possibility of the sculptural object.
In recent years Carolina Serrano has been working almost exclusively with paraffin wax because of its plastic possibilities (like the resemblance with the human skin and temperature) but, above all, by the theoretical and conceptual possibilities that this material can originate in the field of the observer’s imagination.