Damaris Pan(Mallabia, 1983)
Damaris Pan approaches her artistic practice with as much naturalness as absolute rigour. Convinced that in painting there hardly are any certainty, and indeed an infinite number conflicts in her particular relation to it, the Basque artist focuses her attention in the plastic possibilities that the medium can offer. Hers is a type of productive speculation, one that leads her to investigate the act of painting and to propose concrete solutions to advance in her understanding of the form. From this intentionality comes an agile and versatile body of work, intriguing and ironic at times, by which the artist manages to overcome the dichotomy between figuration and abstraction to enter the realm of the paradoxical. It is precisely this lack of narrative exigency that allows her to exclusively focus on painting and sets her free from any kind of orthodoxy that could potentially limit her object of study. With Damaris Pan one does have the feeling that something is going on but does not know exactly what that may be —there is an enigmatic element in suspension that definitely helps to cohesion her compositions and to grant all her paintings with its own entity.