Magnético 107, 2010. Steel, magnets, and paint, 9 x 4 x 1 meters.

Carola Zech: Magnetic Attraction

Carola Zech, an Argentinian artist recently recognized with the Grand Prize of Honor at the 2013 National Salon of Visual Arts, combines sculpture, installation, and painting to create unique, frequently site-specific, magnetic structural systems. She entered the art world at the age of nine, when she started private classes in drawing, painting, and clay modeling. By 13, she already had her own “improvised studio” at home, where she produced paintings of imaginary landscapes. With the support of her family, especially her mother, Zech devoted herself to an artistic career and began her formal training at the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredon and the National Institute of Art, both in Buenos Aires. Her early sculptures were built from material remnants found in dump trucks at her father’s factory—welded forms combining pieces of metal and discarded objects. These first unexpected structures later turned into sculptures made primarily of welded steel.…see the entire article in the print version of June’s Sculpture magazine