MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2019
Artist StatementI interpose objects of the everyday to distort our sense of space, explore our ability to inhabit rooms, and merge the dreamlike with the rigid. My sculptural paintings and installations highlight materiality and the weirdly functional to investigate issues of interior design. I think of paintings as they exist in the curated home, decorating our lives, using us to give them purpose. And inversely, objects become paintings to question abstraction, accessibility, and reality. The works grow beyond the surface, taking over the room to immerse the viewer in the painting as an altered living space. My work focuses on the acute and the polite, the domestic and the utilitarian. Pick out your painting. Where will you put it?
Giulia Piera Livi is an interdisciplinary artist originally Philadelphia, now living and working in Baltimore City. She earned a B.F.A. from Penn State University and an M.F.A. from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her work in painting and installation is an investigation of interior space and design, focusing on abstraction and accessibility. Her immersive rooms employ color and form to work out ideas of multifunctional art objects and curated domesticity. Livi has exhibited both nationally and internationally with recent solo shows at 13|U Art Windows (Washington, D.C.), VAE Gallery (Raleigh, NC), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), and School 33 Art Center’s Project Space (Baltimore, MD). She received an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2019 and the Trawick Young Artist Prize from the Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards in 2017. Livi is currently a Gallery Manager at C. Grimaldis and an Adjunct Professor at MICA.