Alice Cattaneo

Born in Milan where she lives and works, Alice Cattaneo graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2001 and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004. Her contribution to the language of sculpture is based on observation of natural organisms and their evolutionary rules while at the time she processes the historical memory of European Constructivism. Light structures, composed largely of fragile elements such as pieces of wood of compact dimensions on which rest sheets of card, slim balsa rods tensioned by pieces of adhesive tape, small blocks of plaster tied to threads that attach fragments of Murano glass or coloured plastic to them. Through a revival of craft practices, the artist composes dynamic structures played on precise ratios of equilibrium and balance, disseminated in space in the most diverse ways: on the ground, on the wall, on the ceiling, on a pedestal but more frequently without supports. An extremely free and inventive sense of construction that also appears in the “microstories” the artist commits to video, very brief sequences in which the simple, everyday materials she uses for her sculptures reappear. Alice Cattaneo has exhibited in many group shows and institutions such as MAXXI in Rome in 2007, the Rome Quadriennale and Palazzo Grassi in Venice in 2008, the Today Art Museum in Peking and Palazzo delle Stelline in Milano in 2010, the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia and the Kunstverein in Frankfurt in 2011, the IV Guangzhu Biennale in South Koreas in 2012, Castello di Rivoli in 2014, Macro Testaccio in Rome in 2016. She has held solo shows at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham in 2007 and the Museo Madre in Naples the following year; she has also exhibited with galleries such as Collicalligreggi in Catania (2016) Marie-Laure Fleisch in Brussels (2015, 2018) and Hubert Winter in Vienna (2017).