Born in 1962 in Montijo, Portugal. Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.
The work of Fernanda Fragateiro explores space in its various phenomenological manifestations: architectural, sculptural, private, public, temporal, socially determined, gender defined via works of sculpture, installation and outdoor interventions.
Fragateiro’s work is characterized by a keen interest in re-thinking and probing modernist practices, a pursuit which she effects via subtle alterations of existing landscapes and objects in order to reveal buried stories of construction and transformation. While varying widely frequently in scale and drawing on a wide range of reference material, Fragateiro’s work maintains a strong signature style, born of a meticulous minimalist aesthetic of form, color and surface texture. But while this precise formalist quality is often hard-edged, the work itself in its final form is not closed or hermetic — to the contrary, Fragateiro’s explorations extend beyond the limits of the object and embrace the fullness of the space in which the both the object and that object’s viewer exist.
Fragateiro frequently employs the method of repurposing already existing and symbolically layered material such as silk threads found in a German factory, second hand books and magazines, discarded architectural maquettes, or rubble produced during Portugal’s construction boom in order to fashion complex yet delicate work that is criss crossed by an intricate web of inner references to art theory and architectural history.