ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born 1979, Perth, Western Australia.
Lives and works in Perth, Western Australia.

Alana Di Giacomo is a visual artist who works intuitively across many disciplines including painting, sculpture, installation, film, drawing and digital source – technology is a tool used to layer personal experiences. Her work is often kaleidoscopic that fills the gap between abstraction, figuration and graphic art. 

Her artistic practice has been in parallel to her academic pursuits; MVA - Painting, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2012), BA - Visual Communication (2000) Curtin University, Perth. During the past five years she has collaborated with Melbourne musician John Francis Carroll. Her work collaborating with industrial designer Marcel Sigel under the name Zuii was named UK Wallpaper Magazine’s ‘Best Young Designers’ (2005) and selected by design experts for Phaidon’s &Fork (2007) book. She has exhibited across Australia and Europe. Her work has been acquired for a number of private and public collections in Australia and internationally.
 
Di Giacomo’s work is an ongoing enquiry that has its base in the impossibility to shape definitions of nature in a complex world; where the morphing formlessness of life inside the human body, outer emotional states and technology warp our expectations and perceptions of reality. 

 
 
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EDUCATION
2012    Master of Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne,
            Australia.
2011   Postgraduate Diploma Visual Art, Victorian College of Arts, University of
            Melbourne, Australia.
2000  Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication, Curtin University, Perth, Western
            Australia.
1997    Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia 
            (inc).


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 
2015     Time Away, Perth, Western Australia.
2014     Howl. Group Show. Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne, Australia.
2012     That’s Hats. School House Studios, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Australia.
2011      Don’t Drag Me into The Weight of This Mess. Seventh Gallery, Melbourne,
              Australia.
2011      Proud. Group show. VCA Masters Graduate Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia.
2011      VCA Post-Graduate Exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
2006    Digital Heart. Ballan and Pannan Galleries, Melbourne, Australia.
2006 – 08 Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living. Collective tour exhibition.
             Organised by Object gallery, Sydney, Australia. Presented in Melbourne, Sydney,
             Milan and London.
2005    SaloneSatellite. Zuii’s second collection at Salone del Mobile in Milano.
2005    Sapphire Inspired. Bombay Sapphire. Bathhouse Studios, New York City.
2006    Somewhere Between. Zuii Solo exhibition. Object Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
2004    Sydney Morning Herald Exhibition. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.


SELECTED AWARDS 
2007    Australian Home Beautiful Product of The Year Award. Sydney.
2005    Wallpaper Magazine. The Inaugural Wallpaper Design Awards. “Best of Category
              Award” in the Best Young Designers (under 30).
2004    Sydney Morning Herald Young Designer of The Year Award. Runner-up. Australia.
2005    Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award. Australia, Runner-up.
2004    State of the Arts. Ten Designers to Watch. Australia.


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS / BOOKS 
2007   Pure Design Now: Book. Julien Calmettes. Publisher: Monsa Publications,
             Barcelona.
2006    YAD Young Asian & Pacific Designers: Book. Joachim Fischer. Publisher: Daab,
              Germany.
2007    &Fork: Book. Creator: Tom Dixon. Publisher: Phaidon, London.
2006    Freestyle: New Design for Living: Book. Publisher Thames & Hudson.

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