b. 1981, New York, USA
Francesca DiMattio's large paintings and ceramic sculptures engage with representations of space, style and technique. DiMattio grafts together handmade interpretations of material which she collects from art history and design sources. Her layered images and sculptures offer us a new experience of space and ask us to consider how interiors, patterns and decorative elements are constructed and depicted.
The materiality of Francesca DiMattio's works is also crucial to their meaning, and the cultural connotations of the paints, fabrics, ceramics and found materials she uses influence how we understand them. Her use of collage within a painting or a ceramic sculpture pushes materials past their comfort zones, and they acquire a totally new meaning, which 'calls for new adjectives', as DiMattio puts it.