Figurative images relating to intimate yet universal interactions between lovers, children and friends are painted or carved onto a variety of supports. The pigments used are hand mixed by Fugazza, and derived from organic materials. A key concern is the combining of new and more ancient techniques in order to experiment with notions of the authentic or natural. Compositions include depictions of the devices of contemporary life such as smartphone and laptops, but in Fugazza’s spare and sensitive visual language these are set adrift in a timeless space, where screens become portals and tablets stones.
Gaia Fugazza (b. 1985, Milan, Italy) completed an MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, London, 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include Studiolo #9, Spazio Cabinet, Milan, Shikinen Sengu, Nuova Icona, Venice, both 2013, and La quadratura del sasso, Room Galleria, Milan, 2012. In 2015, her work was included in Mediterranea, Young Artists Biennale, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, The London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Hrm199 Ltd, Museum Tinguely, Basel, and Studio Voltaire Open 2015, Studio Voltaire, London.Courtesy of the artist and Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photography: Tim Bowditch