Anya Gallaccio

Untitled, 2016

Dirt, mixed pigment on paper
53.3 x 55.7 cmPrice on request





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About the artist

Anya Gallaccio is a British artist, who creates site-specific, minimalist installations and often works with organic matter (including chocolate, sugar, flowers and ice).

Her use of organic materials results in natural processes of transformation and decay, meaning that Gallaccio is unable to predict the end result of her installations. Something which at the start of an exhibition may be pleasurable, such as the scent of flowers or chocolate, would inevitably become increasingly unpleasant over time. The timely and site-specific nature of her work make it notoriously difficult to document. Her work therefore challenges the traditional notion that an art object or sculpture should essentially be a monument within a museum or gallery. Instead her work often lives through the memory of those that saw and experienced it - or the concept of the artwork itself.

Anya Gallaccio was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1963. She currently lives and works in San Diego CA and London, England. Gallaccio was educated at Goldsmiths College, London (1988) and Kingston Polytechnic, London (1985). She is a professor in the department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego.


Recent solo exhibitions include: All the rest is silence, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, England (2018); Lindisfarne Castle, Berwick-upon-Tweed, England (2018); to see if time was there,The Contemporary Austin, Austin TX (2017); Beautiful Minds, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England (2017).

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.