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Bio

Laila Marie Costa is a Melbourne based visual artist, jeweller, zine publisher, curator and musician. 

 

Her working process is based on collecting the waste and refuse of consumer culture and allowing the materials to infer the form. The debris is sorted and arranged by various time tested and obsessive methodologies. She works across collage, assemblage, installation, jewellery and occasionally sound. Her creations are informed by her heritage, domesticity, feminism, environmental issues, art history, materiality and humour. The nebulous spaces between fine art, craft and design are the areas of that intrigue and inspire the bulk of her investigations.

 

She completed a Bachelor of Fine at R.M.I.T in 1992 and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts at the Victoria College of the Arts in 2003. Costa has taught at Swinburne University in the Arts and Supported Learning departments and as a gallery consultant at Studio Ingot. In 2016 she was awarded the Italian Services Institute Australia International Fellowship to study micro-mosaic and macro art projects in Italy and Barcelona. She currently works as a project manager and curator for community art programs based in judicial buildings. In 2018 Costa co-founded TempContemp, a contemporary jewellery project space within Northcity4, Brunswick, where she is a studio artist.

 

Costa has exhibited locally and internationally, predominantly in artist run initiatives, completed an artist in residence in Argentina in 2012 and is a current studio artist at NorthCity 4 in Brunswick. Her jewellery is stocked at Studio Ingot, Melbourne, and Studio 20/17, Sydney.

C.V.

EDUCATION
  • Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2003)

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (upgraded 2016)

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne (1988-92)

  •  Advanced Certificate in Art and Design, Box Hill Institute of T.A.F.E, Box Hill (1988)

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018
The Mindful Bricoleur and the Various Mid Life Parallel Universe that may or may not include Wearables, Black Finch, Northcote

2017

RUN LMC Collection, Gallery 20/17, North Sydney

 

2016

Magnetic Fields, Balkon Art Incubator, Preston

Random Acts of Necklace, Small Space Jewellery, North Fitzroy

2015

Who’s Afraid of Blue, White and Yellow? H & H Plating, Melbourne (part of Radiant Pavilion), Melbourne

 

2014

Flora Lore, Fitzroy Library, Fitzroy

Diagonals and Some More Tangents, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

 

2013

Colour Your World (Blackened), Upstairs at the Napier Gallery, Fitzroy

Spirito Domesticus, The Stockroom, Kyneton

 

2012

Blackened (Colour Your World), Upstairs at the Napier Gallery, Fitzroy

Diagonals and Other Tangents, Residencia Corazon, La Plata, Argentina

                       

2011

Micro-Retro-Spective in the Key of Pink, Old Bar Gallery, Fitzroy

ReSent Works, Upstairs at The Napier Gallery, Fitzroy

 

2008

Taste the Waste, Victoria Park Gallery, Abbotsford

 

2005

Lure-Land, Bus, Melbourne

Flora Wallpaper by L.M.C, Platform 2, Melbourne

                       

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019
Schmuck, Munich, Germany
2018
#fail#success, New York City Jewellery Week, New York
14 Benches and One Overworked Microwave, Craft Victoria, Melbourne

Do You Copy?, TempContemp, Brunswick

SeaShape, Gallery 20/17 Project Space, North Sydney 

I Hate Contemporary Jewellery, TempContemp, Brunswick

14 Benches, Craft, Melbourne

2017   

Left and Right, Studio Ingot, Fitzroy (part of Radiant Pavilion Biennial)

Self-made: Zines and Artist Books, State Library of Victoria (Touring Mildura Arts Centre, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, New England Regional Art Museum, Tweed Regional Gallery, Toowoomba Regional Gallery and LaTrobe Regional Gallery in 2018-19)

Kick out the Jams, Jam Factory, Adelaide (Co-curated by Laila Marie Costa)

The Mindful Bricoleur of the Urbane and the Various OCD

Parallel Universes that May or May not include Wearables, (as part of ClimArte), The Counihan Gallery foyer, Brunswick

3rd Birthday Exhibition, Balkon Art Incubator, Preston

 

2016

Verdant Garden, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Bundoora

A1 Darebin Art Salon, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Bundoora

The Urban Gleaner and the Plastique, curated by Laila Marie Costa, Studio Ingot, Fitzroy

 

2015

Science Friction, The Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

Flora Tiles, Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Collingwood

 

2014

People I have worked with, People I have worked for and friends: Illustrated and other books – assembled by George Matoulas

Gallery Langford 120, North Melbourne

 

2013

The Ring Show, Studio Ingot, Fitzroy

Wish You Were Here 12, A.I.R Gallery, New York

My Word, Upstairs at The Napier Gallery, Fitzroy

Artecycle, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds

Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St. Kilda

 

2012

Span, The Stockroom, Kyneton

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University Art Gallery, Burwood

Wish You Were Here 11, A.I.R Gallery, New York

Phone-tics, At The Vanishing Point, Newtown, Sydney

 

2011

You Are Here, The Stockroom, Kyneton

Half Cut, Upstairs at The Napier, Fitzroy

Wish You Were Here 10, A.I.R Gallery, New York

 

2010

Wish You Were Here 9, A.I.R Gallery, New York

The Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St. Kilda

 

2008-9

Redeeming the Ruin: the Art of Consumption, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington. Also touring to Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Swan Hill and Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham and Banyule Arts Space. Curated by Banyule City Council.

 

2008

Wish You Were Here 7, A.I.R Gallery, New York City

 

2007

Works on Paper Art Award, Banyule Arts Space, Ivanhoe

 

2006

Domestik 2, Area Artists’ Space, Fitzroy

Secret Shelf Life of Us, Platform 2, Melbourne                                  

Rose is a Rose is a Rose, LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell

AWARDS, PRIZES, GRANTS and RESIDENCIES

2016

Awarded Italian Australian Foundation Fellowship, International Specialised Skills Institute

2014

Study grant, International Lab of Communication, Gemona, Italy, Ente Friuli nel Mondo

2012

Two month Artist in Residence, Residencia Corazon, La Plata, Argentina

2011

Study grant for a Mosaics course, Spilimbergo, Italy, Ente Friuli nel Mondo

2003

The University of Melbourne Postgraduate Association Art Prize

Victorian Womens’ Trust Prize, Victoria College of the Arts

1996

Postcard, Linden Gallery

COLLECTIONS
  • Bailieu Library, The University of Melbourne

  • Box Hill Institute of T.A.F.E

  • Brunswick Business Incubator

  • Octapod, Newcastle

  • Rare Books, State Library of Victoria

  • Private Collections