Situated in between painting and sculpture, London-based artist Angela de la Cruz’s work stems from a feeling of exhaustion with painting as a medium. “My starting point was deconstructing painting… One day I took the cross bar out and the painting bent. From that moment on, I looked at the painting as an object.”
De la Cruz questions painting’s solemn and authoritative status, tearing, crushing and breaking canvases and stretchers. Titles such as Homeless, Ashamed or Deflated reveal the work’s human qualities and emotions. Cruz’s work is not an outpouring of anxiety, but an expression of an inexhaustible determination in a hostile world, where even the gallery seems unsympathetic; crushing and trapping works in doorways or corners.