PAULA YESTERA PAINTINGS
By Isabel del Rio
An amphibian which jumps (its long legs are adapting to improve a wonderful jumping performance). It has a short body, webbed digits (fingers or toes), protruding eyes and the absence of a tail but above all, it has a smooth skin of suggestive colors which change with the different lights of the day: it is strange that frogs hadn’t been popular among painters.
It inhabits wet areas (lakes or ponds) where it put its eggs, and their larvae (tadpoles) have gills and they develop in water while transforming their bodies. A miracle without wand, blue fairy or cauldron, a miracle which smell to death and resurrection, beginning and end: it is strange that frogs hadn’t been popular among authors.
Nevertheless, frogs have captured the attention of Paula Yestera, a young artist from Spain who is currently living in Berlin. She has represented them as giants falling outside their frames, as nice colorful beings which look at the spectator trying to explain their miraculous transformations: brilliant, eternal frogs.
I really like the work of Paula Yestera (http://www.paulayestera.com) and her effort to understand the enigmatic essence of such a tiny animal.
Are we animals?
Are we a miracle?
Are we a frog?
Paula Yestera Bio:
1986 born in Madrid
2009 Fine Arts degree at UCM university, Madrid
2010-2011 Filosophy studies at UNED university, Spain
2010 New Showroom, Madrid
2009 Estudio Torre Gallery , Madrid
2009 “Domus et Animalia” UCM, Madrid
2009 “Arte y Filosofía” UCM, Madrid
2009 Cultural Institution Tomás y Valiente, Madrid
2008 Estudio Torre Gallery, Madrid
Published works as teaching resource in Manuel Huerta´s book “Materials, procedures and techniques for paintors”, publishing house Akal, 2010.