Hondartza works in drawing, photography, animation, and video. Drawing is of integral importance as her key medium and also main conceptual framework. Her practice is an ongoing exploration of the different ‘distances’ between ourselves and everything else: spatial, temporal, emotional, cultural and imagined. She is fascinated by remote places and objects such as deep space and deep sea, experienced often only through their mediated image. Her work often explores the relationship between artistic and scientific processes and how scientific discoveries are represented and communicated via imagery that aids in attributing meaning.
Her drawings generally sit within two end of a spectrum, either incredibly controlled and precise or more experimental and embracing chance. The works shown here represent both aspects of her drawing practice. 365 Globes, a project where she drew a globe each day in 2016.
She is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at the School of Design at the University of Leeds funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through an award from the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH). Her research centres around an artistic reappraisal of the relationship between the planet Saturn and the condition of melancholy. Through a new body of work in response to the whole archive of raw images from the space-research Cassini mission, she explores the conjunctions and oppositions between drawing and new technologies.