Anya Gallaccio

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Anya Gallaccio
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View of Henry Bond and Sarah Lucas's East Country Yard Show with Gallaccio's installation in foreground, 1990
Born 1963 (age 52–53)
Paisley, Scotland
Nationality British
Education Kingston Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College
Movement Young British Artists

Anya Gallaccio (born 1963) is a British artist, who often works with organic matter.

Early life[edit]

Born in Paisley, Scotland to TV producer George Gallaccio and actress Maureen Morris.She grew up in south west London, England[1] and studied at Kingston Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College. In 1988—the year she graduated from Goldsmiths—she exhibited in the Damien Hirst-curated Freeze exhibition, and in 1990 the Henry Bond and Sarah Lucas organised East Country Yard shows, which brought together many of the Young British Artists. Gallaccio is a Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).[2]

Art practice[edit]

Anya Gallaccio. preserve "beauty", 1991–2003, (detail).

Much of her work uses organic materials, with fruit, vegetables and flowers all featuring in her work. Sometimes these materials undergo a change during the course their being exhibited.[3] In Red on Green (1992), ten thousand rose heads placed on a bed of their stalks gradually withered as the exhibition went on.[4] For Intensities and Surfaces (1996) Gallaccio left a thirty two ton block of ice with a salt core in the disused pump station at Wapping and allowed it to melt.[5]

Anya Gallaccio. preserve "beauty", 1991–2003.

She was a nominee in the 2003 Turner Prize.[citation needed]

Other works by Gallaccio include Stroke (1993) in which benches in the gallery and cardboard panels attached to the walls were covered in chocolate, "Two Hundred Kilos of Apples Tied to a Barren Apple Tree", Atelier Amden, Amden, Switzerland (1999) and Because Nothing has Changed (2000), a bronze sculpture of a tree adorned with porcelain apples.[6][7] Because I Could Not Stop (2002) is a similar bronze tree but with real apples which are left to rot.[7]

At Houghton Hall in Norfolk, the Marquess of Cholmondeley commissioned a folly to the east of the great house. "The Sybil Hedge" is an "artlandish" folly.[8] It is based on the signature of the marquis' grandmother, Sybil Sassoon. Gallaccio has created a sarcophagus-like marble structure which is sited at the end of a path; and nearby is a copper-beech hedge which is planted in lines mirroring Sybil's signature.[9]

2005 saw the publication of Anya Gallaccio: Silver Seed by Ridinghouse, which accompanied the artist's exhibition commissioned by the Mount Stuart Trust for an installation at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.[10]

Awards and acknowledgements[edit]

In 2006, she was listed on the Pink Power list of 100 most influential gay and lesbian people of 2006.[11]

In 2003, Gallaccio was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. One of her pieces for the show was preserve "beauty", 1991–2003, which was made from glass, fixings and 2,000 red gerberas.[12]


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  2. ^ "UCSD Faculty". Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Anya Gallacciopreserve 'beauty' 1991–2003". Tate Gallery. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  4. ^ Smee, Sebastian. (May 2004). "A dying art". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  5. ^ Mundy, Jennifer. (13 August 2012). "Lost Art: Anya Gallaccio". Tate Gallery. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  6. ^ Schubert, Karsten. (1994). "Anya Gallaccio". frieze. 15. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b Williams, Eliza. (9 January 2008). "Anya Gallaccio". frieze. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  8. ^ McCarthy, Anna. "Focus on Jeffe Hein," Houghton Hall Education Newsletter , January 2009, p. 3.
  9. ^ Donald, Caroline. "The new garden at Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk," The Times (London). 11 May 2008.
  10. ^ "Silver Seed". Ridinghouse. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  11. ^ The Independent, (2 July 2006), Gay Power: The pink list. Retrieved 25 June 2007.
  12. ^ "Anya Gallaccio at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham". Culture24. 24 April 2003. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 

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