Adoptee Reconstruction

Virginia Jordá is a multidisciplinary artist with a degree in Fine Arts. Her creative universe revolves around themes such as identity, adoption and emotional ties. Formally, the artist uses materials whose characteristics are related to fragility. Throughout her career she has specialized in artistic ceramics, a material through which she presents her own interior.

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The Adoptee Reconstruction project is born from a personal interest as an adopted person, in which an interpretation is made from an artistic perspective about the search for identity and it’s consolidation in individuals who have undergone adoption processes. It culminates in the creation of three ceramic sculptural pieces that present three vital stages; childhood, adolescence and adulthood. A project that seeks to facilitate self-exploration and give visibility to the processes linked to adoption.
Esculturas de Virginia Jordá Re-contrucción adoptada
Virginia Jordá Arte Re-Construcción Adoptada Desprendimiento. Escultura cerámica


Ceramic, 60 x 37 cm.

Adoptee Reconstruction starts with the piece “Detachment” talking about a childhood impregnated by the separation from the biological family, which implies the lack of the vital-essential link, and the loss, which causes the lack of attachment to a main caregiver, taken in childhood as a source of comfort. Consequently, when facing the construction of “Detachment”, a piece incomplete on one of its sides is made, which allows us to see the inside of it as a presentation of the emotional void, treating the situation of the adopted child, who is forced to face abandonment and integration into a new family that, later on, will generate in him a new emotional bond.

Virginia Jordá Arte Re-Construcción_Adoptada Sutura escultura Cerámica y acero


Ceramic and steel, 70 x 40 cm.

It presents adolescence from the point of view of connection and the search for one’s own identity. Formally, this piece presents the union of two halves by means of suture, as the name of the work itself indicates, thus dealing with the duality faced by the adolescent who, on the one hand, begins to understand the feeling of emptiness caused by the loss of the biological family; and on the other hand, the emergence of the desire to find the rest of the missing pieces that shape him/her as an independent individual.

Virginia Jordá Arte Re-Construcción Adoptada re-construcción. Escultura Cerámica


Ceramic, 75 x 45 cm.

The already shaped individual, aware of who he was and of what he lived through, has the necessary tools to be able to resolve the conflicts he previously thought himself incapable of. In the same way, identity is consolidated and expanded, reconstructed in the same way as itself. Therefore, the formal aspect of the last piece that constitutes Adoptee Reconstruction, is composed by the union of its different parts since the identity is repaired and the individual reaches maturity, being able to show his past and present scars.

Adoptee Reconstruction exhibited in Jorge Alcolea Madrid Art Gallery, 2019

Photographs by PABLO URCELAY

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