Gianna Dispenza (b.1990) was born in the United States and has lived and worked across multiple countries, including the UK, Lebanon, Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland. In 2014, she graduated with a BFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently receiving her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art. Recent exhibitions include Charles Moffett Gallery, New York (2020), Bass & Reiner, San Francisco (2020), Studio of Yinka Shonibare, London (2020), Galleria Ramo, Italy (2019), The V&A, London (2019), Les Jardins d’Etretat, France (2019). A complete CV is available at giannadispenza.com.
The materials in my work are often derived from the everyday: the detritus of travel, newspaper clippings, deserted objects. But I also find archetypes endlessly intriguing: bathers at the water’s edge, for example, or the Herculean athlete. I'm interested in how these recurrent tropes thread through art, literature, and the social fabric, but especially, how their meanings reverberate differently through time. So rather than simply reiterating the symbols, motifs, and images of the past, the archetype is a way for me to engage more directly with shifting values in the present.
The most important point, however, is that what I’ve mentioned above comes last. The fundamental constituent of my practice is feeling. I do this physically, by pushing clay with my palms, building or reducing shapes and arrangements. I do it by playing alchemist and combining wild materials. I take immeasurable pleasure in experimenting with tone and form and texture. But what I’m really referring to is non-physical. Feeling and intuition pilot all of the movement and mark-making in my practice. And so, for me, the work somehow mobilizes a gradual gathering and acquisition of positions into an action. From this point, the action, and its necessary and enduring change, can be most generative.
Gianna Dispenza, 2020
Situationist RCA Live Events
July 16th - July 31st
As part of Situationist RCA, I will be hosting an open studio in SW11.
Situationist RCA is a physical, pan-continental, temporary, see-it-in-the-flesh, blink-and-you’ll miss-it network of events, happenings and installations that will run during the course of RCA 2020.
Without our regular degree show interiors to adorn our artwork with, you will be able to find us outside, in the parks, alleyways and skies of both London and beyond, the boundaries of our physical presence scattered globally.
The programme is loose, amorphous and active and will be viewed on our constantly updated website.