About Francisca Aninat
Born in 1979, Francisca Aninat, although young, is already well established in Latin America and USA. In 2006, she was awarded the Chilean government scholarship to complete further study at Central St Martins, where her installation Interior/Exterior Field was bought by renowned collector, David Roberts, for display at his forthcoming Public Art Museum in Camden.
Aninat’s work is created by painting, tearing and re-stitching canvases, to create a large fragmented whole. The resulting works draw attention to the core materials of painting – paint, canvas, thread – and draw attention to the process of making art, standing in between the two-dimensionality of traditional painting and the three-dimensionality of sculpture, revealing the weight, fragility,
transparency, and density of a painting. As well as paintings, Aninat has developed a series of hanging sculptures, which play
on fragility and heaviness.
The repetitive acts of collecting, piling, sewing together and stapling, to create her artworks, establishes a relationship with the everyday tasks that we constantly perform, awakening the tactile dimension that the ‘hand-made’ produces. Aninat’s work may be considered as bridging high art and low art, as engaging with Clement Greenberg’s theories on abstraction and as fusing the typically feminine practice of stitching and craft with the male dominant tradition of abstract painting.
Arpillera 3 
Mixed media hand sewn fabric, 68.6 x 38.1 cm
Donated by the artist, 2009