PLACE, SPACE, BODY, PERCEPTION, ILLUSION

Lucia Rossi works with ongoing themes of place, space & illusion, as well as de-construction and re-construction. Her works frequently deal with spacial relations of the subject and the viewer. Lucia is currently based in Melbourne after fifteen years of practice between Tasmania and France. Her works have predominantly incorporated the photographic medium, as well as site-specific installation. She often uses her self as subject within her works, combined with methods of performance and choreography. Her characters and scenes are haunting, surreal and sometimes humorous.

From 1999 to 2008, Rossi spent almost a decade working plein-air in Tasmania, Australia, developing themes of body and mythology in relation to the island’s Precambrian landscape. Major works include Isola Corpo (2008), Cradle (2006), and Unnatural Expectations (2002). Using rituals of choreography between natural form, body and camera, Rossi projects a figure that is somewhat out-of-this-world, and which appears to become one with it's environs. The super-natural element of this central figure by contrast, highlights the dis-connect of human relationshions to nature and the environment. Lucia graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, at the Tasmanian College of Art in 2003, and has been awarded two Arts Tasmania Wilderness Residencies, and several public art commissions for the Tasmanian ArtSite Scheme.

During 2008 & 2009, Lucia spent two years in Paris in residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, during which time she also had a lecturing position at the Ecole Superieur des Beaux Arts, Le Mans. Key works from this time include Corps Caché; a feminist statement about gender politics of the female form. And Film Noir; a dark Goyanesque, anamorphic distortion of the body.

Since 2011 Lucia has been based in Melbourne. In 2015 she produced a series of hand-cut three-dimensional collages, Echo Chamber, on the subject of the French Revolution of 1789. Using various methods of trompe l’oeil, she combines original illustration from the era with contemporary photography into layered tableaux, bringing to life formidable characters such as Marquis de Sade, Maximilien Robespierre, Camille Desmoulins and Olympe de Gouges.

Lucia Rossi has shown work in Australia, France, Finland and Indonesia, in nine solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions. She has been awarded a number of prizes including the Fiona Myer Award (2017), and the Victorian College of the Arts Stuart Black Memorial Scholarship. She has also been selected as a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize (Canberra, 2014) and the City of Hobart Art Prize (2007). Lucia has also presented her work at a number of conferences including  Contesting Identities: Photography, narrative, and the self at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2013), and with poet Mark Tredennick at the Senses of Place Conference, Tasmanian College of Art (2006).

Lucia completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2017) and is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts. Current works deal with ideas of local and global systems as interconnected relationships and patterns spanning over time and space. Using site-specific installation and optical illusion, she highlights the linked nature of systems, time relationships, the microcosm and the macrocosm, and how order and chaos are interdependent.

Education

Current  Master of Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia

2017     Master of Contemporary Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia

2003     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Australia


SoloExhibitions

2019     The Gnomon Experiment #3, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne Australia

2019     The Gnomon Experiment #2, Rubicon Ari, Melbourne Australia

2018     The Gnomon Experiment #1, Tacit Studio, Melbourne Australia

2015     Echo Chamber, Eildon Gallery, Alliance Française, Melbourne, Australia

2011     Take Stock, Loft Floor, Old Ordnance Warehouse, Hobart, Australia

2010     Film Noir, Despard Gallery, Hobart, Australia

2006     Cradle, Despard Gallery, Hobart, Australia

1999     Portrait of Salamanca Place, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Australia


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019     The One Show, VCA Graduation Exhibition, Gnomon Triangle Room #3, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2019     Praxis 5, Sarang Building, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2017     Saturation Point, VCA Artspace Gallery,Melbourne, Australia

2016     The Temporary Nature of Objects,Temperature Vermillion, Melbourne, Australia

2016     What Can We All Agree On, VCA Artspace Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2010     History of the World: The Portrait, Tap Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2009     SLICK Artfair, curated by MTProjectroom, Centquatre, Paris, France

Paradis Retrouvé, curated by Jeanne Truong, Galerie Ma Collection Pop-up, Paris, France

Ne Marcher Pas sur la Pelouse, curatedby Leigh Hobba, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

NousSommes tous des Femmes, curated by Jeanne Truong, Galerie Ma Collection Pop-up, Paris, France

2007     Isola Corpo, with Jacqui Stockdale, curated by Victoria Hammond, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Australia

2006/8   Transport, regional gallery touring exhibition, curated by Douglas McManus, Salamanca Arts Centre Hobart, Australia

2002     Unnatural Expectations, with Simon Cuthbert, curated by Jane Rankin-Reid, Despard Gallery, Hobart, Australia


Awards

2020     Fiona Myer White Story Artist Residency, Melbourne Australia

2019     VCA Access, Mentorship Program, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia

2018     Stuart Black Memorial Scholarship, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia

2017     Fiona Myer Award, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia 

2014     National Photographic Portrait Prize, finalist, Canberra,Australia

2008     Material Girl, Rio Tinto Award, Burnie Regional Gallery, Burnie, Australia

2007     City of Hobart Art Prize, finalist, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart, Australia

2003     Julie Millowick Aquisitive Photographic Award, finalist, Castlemaine State Festival, Castlemaine, Australia


Public Art Commissions

2007/11 Royal Hobart Hospital, ArtSite, Tasmania, Australia

2007     Georgetown District Hospital, Art for Public Building Scheme, Tasmania, Australia

2006     Riverside High School, Art for Public Building Scheme, Tasmania, Australia


Grants & Residencies

2019     Sarang Building, Residency and Exhibition (1 month), Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2008/9   Cité Internationale des Arts, Studio Residency (15 months), Paris, France

2008     University of Tasmania, Colleen McCullough Studio Residency (3 months), Paris, France

2007     Development & Research Funding, Arts Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia

2006     Curators Exhibition Development Fund, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Australia

2005     Arts Tasmania Natural & Cultural Residency Program (3 months), Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia 

2002     Pat Corrigan Artist's Grant, NAVA, Australia


Conference Presentations

2013     Contesting Identities: Photography, narrative, and the self – Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia

2006     We are not Finished at the Skin; Cradle Mountain, The Body & The Wild- Presented with poet Mark Tredennick, Senses of Place Conference, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, AUST


Academic Appointments

2013/20 Tutor- Photography Studies College, Melbourne, Australia

2009       Tutor– École Supérieure des Beaux Arts Le Mans, France

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