Ester Partegàs is a catalan visual artist and educator (Barcelona 1972). She lives and works in New York and Marfa, Texas.
Generic objects such as shopping bags, milk crates, plastic buckets, and food packaging soon loose their commodity status to reach, sooner than later, the ultimate condition of trash. Throughout her career, Partegàs has been questioning what is it that turns ubiquitous and indispensable things so quickly useless. Her work is a meditation on how we identify worth and wonder by looking closely at our relationship to the most immediate material reality.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues such as the Sculpture Center, LIC, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, NY; Columbus Museum of Art, OH; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Arnolfini, Bristol; the Moscow, Athens and Busan Biennials; among others. She is represented by Foxy Production, New York; Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; and NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona/Madrid. Partegàs has held teaching positions at the Sculpture Department of Yale University; at the Sculpture + Extended Media Department of the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA; at SUNY Purchase, NY; and at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. She is currently teaching at Parsons/The New School in New York.