Rosa Tharrats, multidisciplinary artist born in Barcelona, lived in Berlin and right now based in Cadaqués, shows us different and multiple ways of expressing freedom by using and combining all kind of materials. A tasty mix for all the senses.
At which conscious point of your life did you start expressing yourself through your artistic installations? What was the beginning of choosing this way of creation?
Originally I started studying fashion design. When I was 23 I founded my own fashion brand, Crommorc, but after moving to Berlin I started feeling that I needed to expand my artistic language beyond design’s functionality. I felt I could spread out my fascination for material’s sensitive life into art, as well as into the installations. I started realising that I could spend a whole day creating installations in my own room, starting to experiment more with art and applying all I have learnt from fashion.
What is the message you try to transmit with your creations?
I’m very interested in the evolution of textures’ material and its interaction with the environment and also with other type of materials. From this, a free-flowing and mutant style is born, which combines subtlety and organic, misty and wild. I think another defining element of my style is deconstruction, something I also used to use in fashion.
For me it’s very interesting the story of the textures: their composition, where they’ve been created, the places they’ve been through, to whom they’ve belonged...I’m fascinated about all the tracks of memories they keep, secret and itinerant memories that generatenew senses. Textures and clothes, like all type of materials, are a kind of a storage for human and non-human memories. I’m also interested in exploring different states of consciousness and time. I like to conceive the matter as a whole identity full of soul and vibration.
Les baves de la molsa and Anemona Khepri,
sculptures coming soon at
What connection do you feel between mixing daily objects, people and nature?
I think we are all connected, that’s why I like interconnecting objects, people and nature, trying to create microcosms. When all the synchronies sudenly appear, that’s the most gratifying moment for me.
"Art has always been a real free way of expression for me, always with love and without any expectations".
How does your creation process work?
What happens inside of you to start creating an installation and which steps do you go through until you arrive to the final result?
Usually my creative process starts with an investigation. At the beginning of an art piece everything is a very unknown and there are a lot of possibilities, I kind of like this first feeling of power and strength.
After the investigation, a really intuitive process of selecting the materials starts, it’s almost a very irrational part.
Most of the material I work with, it comes from an archive I’ve been creating with textures, clothes, costumes and other organic and non- organic objects. This archive which is in constant movement and transformation, it gets every time different meaning layers. The pieces get finished with a special final ritual which I can’t really define at all. It’s just a compositional lucid gesture which can last minutes or even seconds, and then, I start polishing it during the days after.
"I like showing things to people from a different point of view".
Which are your biggest influences and what does inspire you to explain stories through your technique?
Markets, and even more if they are trash. I also get inspired reading, specially essays and poetry: Von Humboldt, Storm de Hirsch, Timothy Morton, Hilma auf Klint, Gabriel Ventura...and also travelling books, especially right now being in quarantine. Temples and worn marbles. Wonderful bookshops like Zabriskie in Berlin. Texture stores. Being and meditating in nature. Immensity.
How do you feel people react to abstract installations? Do you think there is a kind of a difficulty to express yourself freely and your art be appreciated?
I guess there are people for everything. Some of them connect immediately, some of them don’t understand anything at all and others are surprised... Art has always been a real free way of expression for me, always with love and without any expectations. It’s part of a personal evolution.
Costume design for Liberté (2019) by Albert Serra
Premiered in Cannes Film Festival 2019 - Un Certain Regard
Gaudí Prize for the Best Costume, 2020
Photos by Román Yñán, @romanynan
"I would love to be able to awaken new ways of looking".
How do you express yourself through fashion? What do you try to transmit with your designs?
Nowadays I’m more concentrated in art than in fashion. Anyway, it’s also a part of me, it’s something I have inside of me and that I actually really like. The values that I try to transmit with fashion are the same that I do with art, everything is connected. For me, both of them are ways of expressing freedom, love, consciousness and evolution.
What do you try to achieve from mixing different art disciplines and what can you give to people through your sensibility and point of view?
Mixing disciplines is something that comes out in a natural way from me. It’s the reflection of the person and life, both being covered by a lot of juxtaposed layers. Being able to create through different disciplines is also a way of transmitting that. I like showing things to people from a different point of view, there are so many realities and visions, I would love to be able to awaken new ways of looking.
Interview by Katrin Vankova