12 February -
27 March 2022
The Palace at 4pm features a series of sculptural works in which salvaged pieces of mid-century modern furniture have been disassembled and amended with inlays and appendages of bronze, resin, silk fibre and plaster. The wall of the gallery space is partially painted with a mural reminiscent of 1970s interior design. The installation resembles a deconstructed domestic space in which an assortment of motifs of nostalgia combine with elements of an incongruous materiality. Objects of ‘home’ are transformed, as meanings embedded in the forms and materials morph and collide.
In this work the artist considers the confluence of the psychological and affective realities of the domestic space. These works explore the uncanny quality of domestic sites that can at once embody contradictory qualities of intimacy, playfulness and pleasure…and confusion, disorder and unpredictability. The work explores this liminal nature of the domestic realm in which multiplicities of realities - real and imagined - shift and transform, producing states of flux and ambiguity.
Vittoria Di Stefano is an artist located on Kulin country - Melbourne, Australia - working in sculpture and installation. Her research employs a methodology of generative material experimentation to explore themes around liminality, the uncanny, seduction and transformation.
Through the employment of a diverse material palette, and often using modernist art, design and film as points of departure, the artist employs a feminist critique to investigate and challenge historical power structures and notions of value. The psychological and affective impacts of the material encounter are explored through a range of experiments in a variety of display contexts, offering new ways of thinking about and experiencing material realities. She has taken part in solo and group exhibitions nationally and is currently completing a PhD at RMIT University, where she also lectures in Art History & Theory and Sculptural Practice.