Giulia Ricci

    Based in London since 2004, Giulia Ricci is an Italian artist who studied painting at the Academy of Fine Art of Bologna, and sculpture at The Slade School of Fine Art, London.

    Her work has featured in group shows in the UK and abroad, and was included in the drawing anthology Walk the Line: The Art of Drawing (Laurence King, 2013). She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2017, and is represented in London by Bartha Contemporary.

    I make finely detailed, geometrical abstract work using a variety of processes, including hand-made and digital drawing, laser engraving, installation and video. However, drawing, using a non-representational visual language, underpins all my practice regardless of media.

    My work references objects such as textiles, tiles and other patterned artefacts (often pertaining to the domestic sphere), as well as forms from nature, on both a microscopic and macroscopic scale. The basic structure consists of grids of isosceles right-angled triangles, which I configure using repetition, rotation, mirroring and other compositional methods. More recently, these triangles have become more distorted and organic but their underlying structure remains determined by the grid.

    The relationship of the work with the space around it is very important, and I create multiple points of view to elicit a tactile and spatial response from the viewer. The audience’s perception of the work can change significantly depending on their proximity to the surface, ranging from macroscopic forms to discrete units, surface texture and mark-making.


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