Caroline Mesquita (b. 1989, Brest, France) lives and works in Marseille. Metallurgic humanoid sculptures form the tableaux for which Mesquita is best known for, their gestures both playfully interactive and at times intimate or violent. Mesquita creates her figures by hand, folding, squeezing and hammering the metal, then colouring them with ammonia, chloride and various acids. She instils her sculptures with autonomy through relinquishing creative control to the forces which oxidise and patinate the materials she works with. Since 2016, Mesquita has also been making stop-motion animated films, in which her sculptures interact with the artist in a kind of romantic anthropomorphism.
Mesquita holds qualifications from Beaux-Arts de Paris and The Mountain School of Art, Los Angeles.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Bourse du travail Centre d’art, Valence (2023), Art Club, Villa Medicis, Rome (2023), Noctambules, CAN, Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2022), Humans and animals, Union Pacific, Statement Art Basel, Bâle, Switzerland (2021) and Astray (Prologue), Kunsthalle Lissabon, Portugal (2018). Selected group exhibitions include: Modernités cosmiques (curated by Michel Gauthier), FondaUon Vasarely, Aix-enProvence, France (2022), La diosa verde (curated by Dorothée Dupuis), Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico (2021), Futur, ancien, fugitif, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2019) and GRAND OPENING (Summer Rhapsody), KURA., Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milan, Italy (2018).