Carolina Fontoura Alzaga (Caro) is an emerging multidisciplinary artist recognized internationally for her unique perspectives on medium and form.
While growing up in Denver, Colorado, her frequent trips to Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro for family visits helped shape her aesthetic eye. Since childhood she has been drawn to finding beauty and value in overlooked narratives and weathered textures.
Caro's work is informed by her lifelong movement between spaces and cultures. What she produces are documents of her reflections of these environments and her artistic vocabulary evolves with these shifting realities.
In the CONNECT Series, Caro reimagines used bike parts to create luxurious, cascading, and seemingly traditional chandeliers. The pieces stem from Caro's interest in exploring the third function of materials - after their original function, after they become trash, when they are transformed into something new altogether – effectively reclaiming the ‘discarded’ and ‘invisible’ to create something far more powerful and commanding.
The CONNECT Series chandeliers draw inspiration from Victorian and modern chandeliers, bike culture, and a dedication to the ideals of sustainability and preservation. In her art and her life, Caro works to find beauty in the discarded, and challenges the necessity of the new.
Caro currently in Los Angeles, California, where she produces art and pieces for the CONNECT Series in her downtown studio.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How did you come up with the idea for the CONNECT Series?
The idea for 'The CONNECT Series' began from seeing pots and pans hung from a makeshift pot rack made from a bicycle rim. It inspired me to make a mobile made from a bike rim, bike tube, and bike gears. The result was lovely but too simple and it was the semantic mistake of calling it a bike 'chandelier' and not a mobile that led me to make a proper chandelier.
Where do you get your material?
I source my material from up to 60 different bike shops within 50 miles of LA.
What is "FACARO"?
FACARO is my "company" name, and a simplification of my full name (CARO)lina (F)ontoura (A)lzaga --> (F)(A)(CARO)
Your chandeliers must weigh a ton! Do they?
You'd be surprised to learn that these chandeliers are comparable in weight to traditional crystal chandeliers. Glass is heavy too. Of course metal is heavier, but not by much. As with your crystal chandelier, you will need to hang these from a sturdy and secure support structure.
I love your chandeliers but can't afford one. Would you consider a trade/ barter arrangement?
I do barter in exchange for my chandeliers in select situations. The trade has to be comparable to the time and effort that goes into making a CONNECT piece. In the past I've traded a two-year membership to a yoga studio and even got a designer to make this website in exchange for a chandelier. If you're interested and have something you think would make a good trade, feel free to email me at email@example.com.