Francesca DiMattio's practice, encompassing sculpture and painting, disrupts preconceived notions of the feminine, domestic and decorative. Her work draws on a vast array of visual material to challenge the dominant narratives of fine art history and aesthetic taste.   

 

DiMattio's ceramic works are formed as a complex assemblage of parts, each of which is hand-made by the artist: she handles clay using a variety of traditional techniques alongside her own innovations. Sampling from different cultures, time-periods and geographical locations, she incorporates diverse references such as porcelain motifs, cake-decorating, rag-rug construction and antique sculpture. Each element is broken down and reassembled in a non-hierarchical manner to create a new, hybrid whole that raises questions about the construction of identity.

 

The artist approaches painting in a similar way to sculpture. She fabricates multi-layered scenes where object and image converge with pattern and space, destabilizing the relationship between physical and virtual reality. Placing images in new and surprising contexts, she highlights the contingency of our perception, noting that 'a reproduction can reroute the value system, pointing out an image's inherent instability' - a phenomenon reflected in our experience of visual media disseminated across screen, print and consumer goods.