Corporeality, n. 'The state of having a body or having an existence related​ to the body, especially as opposed to the spirit'.​ ​This series will highlight seven contemporary artists and explore their work through the common theme of the body.

Ariadna Pedemonte​, ​a 2007 graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Seville​, uses the traditional technique of Indian ink to create her figures. Her work explores personal identity. Her figures are a patchwork of other people, standing for the relationships that make up each one of us. Ariadna poetically explained the theory behind her work in a conversation with the 405.

How do you think art influences the way wider society views the body?

Art influences society in different ways. It can allow you to see with other people's eyes - how we see the body is influenced by our viewpoint. For example, art looks to the body in a very different way from advertising; the first views the body as a physical matter capable of generating knowledge and containing memory, whereas the second views the body as something to sell, only in the material and commercial way. There's a big difference between art, which makes the body a subject in and of itself, and advertising, which objectifies.

Do you think that the body is an important part of identity?

I think the only thing that we really own in this life is the body. It is the only matter that can't be taken from us. Everything else (clothing, house and objects) can be taken away - they won't be with us until the end of our days. Our body is a reflection of what we are. If we look carefully at a person, at her/his body, how it moves, its stance, its gestures, it talks about that person and their identity. The body is the medium with which we link with the environment.

Why do you depict people made up of other people?

I created this series when I was inside a consumer society, where we were all surrounded by a lot of people and alone at the same time. It was very difficult for two people to meet - there was attraction and repulsion to equal parts. The person who is made up of a crowd explains this desire to be part of another but also the fear to be part of the other. We are afraid of the people that could mean something to us, and this is how I realized that our relationships construct us as people. The important people who go through our life, they're housed like ghosts in our body through memory. The mark, the shadow, always presents itself within us. It makes us like all other human beings.

How important are relationships?

I think relationships are very important, they create our personality. We are not one without the other. And if we could exist without interacting with others, it would be quite difficult - even in cases of people that lived in isolation, or like hermits, ultimately they had contact with other people through their books, art works, films. That's a kind of indirect relationship.

I remember the case of a wild boy who survived without any human interaction in the woods. But this child related with the animals, the environment and the nature. This is a kind of relationship with different emotions and effects. Perhaps we would say that the relationship is a psychological construct. I think it is impossible to live without any kind of relationship, even if it's imaginary.

Your figures often seem, to me at least, to be troubled - was that your intention?

Contemporary society presents a paradigm (for my work) - we are surrounded by people but alone, we look forward to meeting people but we reject it at the same time, we are afraid to lose our individualism. This is how we become a self-absorbed mass, that looks only to itself and doesn't look to others. We're blinded by the false idealization of perfection and we continue to search, to find and collide with other individuals. But ultimately we follow our own path, turning a meeting into a kind of lucky stumble. It is a constant, anxious search for differentiation, when the reality is that we are looking for mirrors of ourselves. The ego is isolating us. We believe other people are replaceable, since we're in a consumer society. But in the middle of this crowd, surrounded by people, sometimes we connect with another person. It seems relatively easy, but it's very complex. And it is this connection that makes us human.