Vanessa Donoso López, born in Barcelona, has been living and working in Dublin, Ireland, for the last 15 year. Her work features “observations of language, cross-cultural identity, acculturation processes, homesickness and the compatibility between cultures that are continually present”.

During her residency at Jiwar, Vanessa has been working with clay dug at the garden of the back of the building, located in the heart of the city of Barcelona, her hometown.

‘I was drawn to clay as much for its immediacy, direct expression and tactile responsiveness as to its commonplace status, metaphorical associations, and broader cultural implications. 

I was powerfully seduced by its possibilities for collaboration and interaction with a range of people and its strong associations of going back to basics and our collective human memory’.