ANNA CAIONE PROFILE
My work fuses aspects of contemporary culture and my Italian heritage, creating a threshold between the realm of intangible memory and the physical realm of place. I endeavour to touch on both personal and universal experiences, made manifest through the use of materials with an everyday, familiar cast that, although abstracted, are resonant with shared associations.
I am also concerned with subjective understandings of matter and space, exploring the energies inherent in materials and their transformative properties. I often revitalise collected remnant fabrics and found objects in ways that at times suggest old historical surfaces, architecture and the landscape, working intuitively with gestural bodily movements to construct my compositions. My working method, which connects hand and fabric, is grounded in ‘automatism’, a concept based on the intuitive drive, the irrational, and the accidental occurrences during the process of creating. New York School abstractionist Robert Motherwell once defined automatism as ‘letting the work pour out, without any critical intervention or editing’, and for me this involves stretching, sewing, pulling, layering, cutting, and pouring as I apply, shape and harmonise a diversity of materials into a form of palimpsest.
Once the work has been built up I manipulate the surface to expose the expressive layers of raw materials, and allow the skeletal structures of the piece and its subconscious narrative to be revealed. Thus the final artwork functions not only as a means of exploring the physical process of creation, but also as a vehicle for contemplation, encouraging the viewer to consider the less tangible atmosphere conceived within that inflects the visible outer form.
Research, education and immersion are important to the ongoing development of Anna Caione's art practice. She is currently a part time Academic Tutor in the School of Design at Swinburne University of Technology, and lectures and tutors in Drawing and 20th Century Design History. She holds a MA (Fine Arts by Research), B. Ed (Art & Design), B.A Fine Arts and Dip. Fine Arts completed at the Albertina Accademia of Fine Arts of Turin, Italy.
Caione has exhibited extensively in Australia and Internationally and has been involved in artist in residency and fellowship programs as well as selected as a finalist for various national art competitions.
Her work is held in a numerous corporate and private collections such as St Vincents Hospital, Maroondah Art Gallery, ANZ bank. She had been selected for Artist in residency and fellowship programs such as ISSI Foundation International Fellowship, Artist in Residence - St Vincents Hospital, Melbourne, Artist in Residence- Bourdeneuve, Betchat, France. She has been a finalist in the John Leslie Art Prize Exhibition, Gippsland Art Gallery, Finalist R&M McGivern Art Prize, Maroondah Art Gallery, Finalist Metro 5 Gallery Art Award,Second place SBS Centenary of Federation Art Award, Arts Victoria, International Cultural Exchange Grant.
Her research interests include Abstract Expressionism, Arte Povera, Renaissance art and contemporary art. Anna has previously been represented by Gallery 101-(2004-2010) and Catherine Asquith Gallery- (2010-2013) and is currently and is currently represented by West End Art Space.
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ANNA CAIONE MILANO ITALY 2018
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West End Art Space: White on White Exhibition Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW9JWRt5mzM