The artist book in fugue, which was produced for the exhibition of the same name at the Kunstverein Hannover, is the first comprehensive publication on the artist Isabel Nuño de Buen. The book develops a parallel narrative to the exhibition by presenting the works through a subjective cataloguing system that corresponds to the central elements of her practice: intuition, improvisation and process-based thinking between drawing, sculpture and installation. Exhibition views are combined with a re-imagination of the works within the space of the book, bringing together photographic reproductions with drawing and colour. The stitch binding technique of the book was specially developed and is partly handmade by the artist. The publication provides a profound insight into the artist's multi-layered oeuvre, which oscillates between sculpture, installation, and drawing and focuses on a fascinating subjective world of forms and thoughts.
Born 1985 in Mexico City, Isabel Nuño de Buen lives in Hanover. The artist works with a variety of materials and media including sculpture, drawing, installations made of papier-mâché, ceramics, plaster, steel, fabric and wire. Her work is distinguished by two pivotal moments: on the one hand is the construction of fragmentary objects and sculptures, which are to be understood as a drawing gesture in space; on the other is her combination of individual objects into a site-specific, overall structure. The carefully crafted and executed sculptures recall architectural fragments, cityscapes and natural forms and are characterized by an organic formal vocabulary. Drawing is a pervasive element of Nuño de Buen's work and allows her to explore her own emotional and mental states. The artist creates an idiosyncratic world where micro- and macrocosms collide and the whole reveals itself only in fragments. There are no closed, completed forms in her working process; the possibility of change is maintained at all times.