RareArtists

Paloma Tendero

Paloma Tendero is our first featured RareArtist.

Thanks so much to Paloma for supporting RareMinds and allowing us to share her art and experiences with us.

You can find out more about Paloma’s work at www.palomatendero.com

We first encountered Paloma through a podcast run by ‘Arts and Mental Health’ (www.artsandhealthub.org) where she was talking about her work as part of an event called ‘Decoding the Personal’ that explored with two other artists the role that DNA and genetics has to play on themselves and their art practice.

Paloma uses photography and sculpture to explore themes around inheritance, illness, and the impact on identity, relationships and the timelines of life. She is interested in the physical and psychological relationships that spring from inheriting and sharing DNA, and use materials as diverse as egg-boxes and string in her images.

“I grew up in quite an artistic family, my mum went to pottery classes and we would often paint ceramics at home. My dad has always loved photography and my grandfather would make frames, and carve wooden models. I studied Fine Art at University in Madrid, and then came to London to do an MA in photography. Genetic illness, health and inheritance are often uncomfortable areas for many people, and I hope everyone can look at my artwork and think more about their own experiences with their own family lines, and their own body”

During lockdown, I was working on a project around fertility and genetic mutations, but I started to really feel the impact of the isolation. I started to explore that as well, and how we relate to the world primarily with and through our bodies. When we can’t do that , it can be very painful”

In her own words

In her own words

“I grew up in quite an artistic family, my mum went to pottery classes and we would often paint ceramics at home. My dad has always loved photography and my grandfather would make frames, and carve wooden models. I studied Fine Art at University in Madrid, and then came to London to do an MA in photography. Genetic illness, health and inheritance are often uncomfortable areas for many people, and I hope everyone can look at my artwork and think more about their own experiences with their own family lines, and their own body”

During lockdown, I was working on a project around fertility and genetic mutations, but I started to really feel the impact of the isolation. I started to explore that as well, and how we relate to the world primarily with and through our bodies. When we can’t do that , it can be very painful”

Inside Out

‘Inside Out’ was the first project where I combined different media. I was exploring the idea of connection with my family through sharing the same genes that gave rise to physical features like eye colour or nose shape, but also habits, qualities – and genetic disorders – all of which influence us throughout our lives.”

Flawed Beauty

‘Flawed Beauty’ was another project where I was trying to explore how the body has a natural life of its own, and that we can go through periods of pain and suffering that is outside our control. It was also about trying to question society’s ideas about beauty. So many classical statues are broken, or missing limbs but we don’t really relate this to societies attitudes about disability or difference.