My name is Ana and over the years I have lived, worked and exhibited in the US, UK and Spain. Abalon is how I sign all my art pieces since 2006.
I have been working with porcelain for over a decade. There´s something magical about it. Porcelain is also a green material, that´s why I chose to design my candles in this strong ceramic body.
It can also be restored and I restore all of my broken pieces with a Japanese technique called kintsugi.: Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese art of fixing broken ceramic pieces with gold. It is the philosophy that breakage and repair is part of oneself history and increases beauty.
I make all my pieces one by one in my South East London studio
WHY I LOVE TO MAKE CANDLES
I was born in the Basque Country, one of our many traditions is to give gifts to the guests at your wedding. I was arranging my wedding in London but I couldn´t find anything that was suitable to give to my quests. As the light was fading I had an idea: to make my own refillable candles.
Candles have been used as a source of light and to illuminate celebrations for more than 5,000 years, yet little is known about their origin. The earliest use of candles is often attributed to the Ancient Egyptians, who made rushlights or torches by soaking the pithy core of reeds in melted animal fat. I use an organic Soya oil instead so when burning this unique Ecological candles made with pure essential oils you feel the benefits of wellbeing.
The Albert Project. LONDON 2014
Sargadelos Porcelain Factory, LUGO. 2006
3D design. Goldsmiths. LONDON 2016
MFA Computational Arts. Goldsmiths. LONDON 2013-2015
MFA Analysis of Actual Art at IL3 University of BARCELONA 2010-2011
PhD Course on Design Research at University of BARCELONA 2007-2009
MA Actual Philosophy and Debate. A.University of BARCELONA 2007-2008.
BA in Fine Art: Sculpture and Multimedia Design. University of BILBAO. 2003-2007
MFA Web Programming MADRID.2003
3D Architectural Design. MADRID. 2003
Graphic Design SAN SEBASTIAN-DONOSTIA. 2001-2003
Undergraduate Music Studies SAN SEBASTIAN-DONOSTIA
“Who said broken” .The Forge. November LONDON 2018
Test Signal. Hotel Elephant. SeptemberLONDON 2014
Pure Evil. London. Hands LONDON 2013-2014
La Casa Turquesa. MIAMI 2012
London West Bank Gallery. Bronze graffiti hands. LONDON. 2012-2014
Cultivate Vyner Street. LONDON 2012
La Fundiciò del Poblenou. Open Studios, BARCELONA 2011
International women´s day. Civic Center Poblenou, BARCELONA 2011
Niu Gallery collective. Poblenou, BARCELONA. 2011
Undressed Clothing Party. BARCELONA. 2010
Montana Colors Gallery. Living Art: Objects. BARCELONA.. 2010
Galería La Nave. Living Art: Eskuak ( Hands). BARCELONA. 2010
Happening Art isn´t dead, just has a virus. MADRID. Arco 2008
Galleria La Nave. Noche Blanca. BARCELONA. 2009
BBVA video art: Apariencia (4´15´´sg). BILBAO. 2007
Selected for final Univeristy show:
Euskal Herriko Unibertzitatea. Bihotzak ( Hearths) . ZARAUTZ. 2007
Seminario de Sargadelos Collective. LUGO 200
Abalon by Vahid Keshavararz: https://vimeo.com/286133297 -request pasword by email-2018
My first porcelain casted pot 2004