Laetitia Olivier-Gargano explores the flicker between feelings of wonder and repulsion within her artistic practice. Her work often focuses on the connections between the human body and fungi, plants and animals. Through a strong interest in the aesthetics of the human body, her work regularly employs flesh-like forms and detailed textures that engender bodily responses from viewers due to their intense familiarity, yet complete absurdity. Through close observation of real anatomical specimens and medical cadavers her sculptural work is finely attuned to the most ambiguous forms within the human body. Our stomach turns and we want to look away but curiosity stops us. It is this uncanny sensation, and the universality of it that her works make us aware of.

Laetitia is an emerging artist, currently based in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Monash University. Laetitia’s recent work consists of small scale sculpture and stop motion animation, as well as works on paper.


contact: laetitiarose.og@gmail.com

CV

Education
2016 Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Monash University
2015 Bachelor of Fine Art, Monash University

Selected Exhibitions:
Solo Exhibitions
2015 Fleshrooms Link Wall Art space, Monash University Caulfield, Melbourne
2014 Flesh Runt Gallery, Monash University Caulfield, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions
2018 Warm Bodies (Project Space take over), curated by Megan Monte and Josephine Skinner, Cement Fondu, Sydney
2017 Notfair 2017, curated by Sam Leach, Ashley Crawford and Tony Lloyd, Windsor, Melbourne
2016 MADA Now, Monash University Caulfield, Melbourne
2016 Windows XII The Dirty Dozen, Campbell Street Arcade, Melbourne
2016 Hatched: National Graduate Show 2016, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth
2015 MADA Now, Monash University Caulfield, Melbourne
2015 Small Works Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

Awards
2017 Special commendation for work in Notfair 2017, by judges Gareth Sansom, Anne Runhardt and Ashley Crawford
2015 Edith Rose Memorial Prize
2013 Monash University Fine Art Scholarship

Publications
2016 Anna Dunnill, Hatched: National Graduate Show 2016, Art Guide, 9th June 2016