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About

Photo: Damaris Athene

Cruising as a queer act of defiance and resilience against social norms defines the subject of my practice. My installations, sculptures, prints and drawings explore this liminal territory. My practice aims to understand how we navigate this elusive environment. While not speaking directly about the body, it traces its presence and unmakes the frames of its representation.

 

The performative act of searching for sex translated into my making is imbued with anticipation, loneliness, anonymity, and desire. Exploring these unspoken territories becomes an interrogation of the relationships between restrictions, boundaries and societal control and how biases operate. I explore acts of rebelliousness and resistance to erasure, which are typical manifestations against such restrictions within marginalised groups. 

 

To develop my work, I documented the wilderness of these cruising grounds at the interstice of the urbanised city. I listened to the conflicting sounds of the wind shaking the leaves and busses stopping nearby. I observed how the crepuscular lights contrasted with the artificial streetlamps in the distance. 

 

My practice involves an instinctive sequence of processes, from 2D to 3D and vice versa to establish a tactile conversation with the materials to unlock their agency. Harvesting from and drawing on the urban landscape, my antinomic material choices enable me to reveal their critical ambiguities, and to establish a symbiotic relationship between them. They act as a metaphor. They stand in between the physical perception, the lived autobiographical experience, and operate on a symbolic level with the intent of challenging binaries and other social-political-constructs.

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b. 1976, Florence, Italy. Lives and works in London, UK.

 

Artist Glass and Casting Fellow at City & Guilds Of London Art School 2023/2024.

Art Education:

Sep 2022 - Sep 2023      City & Guilds - MA Fine Art - Full Time

 

Sep 2021 - Jul 2022     Royal Drawing School - Attended classes in Drawing full time

 

May 2019 - Jun 2019  Royal Academy of Arts- 8-week course “The art of fashion”

 

Sep 2015 - Jul 2016     UCL – Institute of Education - PGCE in Art and Design Secondary Education

 

Dec 2011 - Nov 2014  Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Italy BA (Hons) in Art, Drama and Music Studies

 

Mar 2009 - May 2009 Polimoda Fashion School, Inst. of Design and Marketing, Florence, Italy

 

Solo Show:

 

Jan 2024       Penetrable Boundaries, Standpoint Gallery, London

Group Show:

 

Feb 2024        Unknown Territory, SET Lewisham, London

Nov 2023        NOW Introducing 2023, Studio West Gallery, London

Oct  2023        Surprise, Somers Town Public Art, Somers Gallery London

Sep 2023        MA Show, City & Guilds - MA Fine Art

Mar 2023        Interim, City & Guilds - MA Fine Art

Mar 2016        A dog in the playground, Peckham Platform 

Nov 2015        Candid Art Trust, Angel, London, UK

 

Residency:

 

Nov 2023 - Jan 2024   Artist Residency, Standpoint Gallery, London

Jul 2019 - Jan 2019  Atelier Meridian, Printing Workshop, Portland, USA

Awards:

 

Nov 2023 Sculpture Award, Studio West Gallery, London

Sep 2023 Artist Residency, Standpoint Gallery, London

 
Publications:

 

‘A dog in the playground’, Freelands Foundation and UCL/Institute of Education 2016

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