These expansive wall-based works are formed through the accumulation of several layers of wallpapers which are then peeled back by the artist to reveal the strata underneath. Gioscia appropriates the language of consumerism, with her flamboyant surfaces acting as a mirror that reflects society’s compulsions and obsessions.
Gioscia is a compulsive hoarder and has been collecting wallpaper since 2003, which she either buys readymade during her travels or on eBay; or she designs herself and screenprints by hand. The wallpaper archive comprises a wide variety of decorative motifs deriving from leisure and entertainment, such as watches, stripes, maps, architectural details, icons from social media, images of currencies no longer in use, geometric shapes, shimmering swirls, palm trees, and much more. Her Giant Decollage works are always site-specific with the selection of motifs feeding into grander narratives of soft power.
Born in Rome in 1977, Ludovica Gioscia graduated with an MFA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Art in 2004. She has since exhibited internationally with solo shows at Galleria Mangiabarche in Calasetta (2013), Riccardo Crespi in Milan (2013), Macro in Rome (2012), The Warhol in Pittsburgh (2009), and Siobhan Davies Studios in London (2009). Gioscia has also been part of numerous group exhibitions including group shows at Edinburgh College of Art, Salon 94 in New York, Analix Forever in Geneva, The Miro Foundation in Barcelona, The Warhol in Pittsburgh, The Flag Art Foundation in New York, Jerwood Space and South London Gallery in London, MNAC in Bucharest and Comfort Moderne in Poitiers. Her work is currently part of Edra at The American Academy in Rome and Material girls and their muses at Marcelle Joseph’s project space in London. She lives and works in London.