Laetitia Olivier-Gargano

Laetitia Olivier-Gargano explores the flicker between feelings of wonder and repulsion, often focusing on the connections between the human body and fungi, plants and animals. Through a strong interest in the aesthetics of the human body, her work regularly employs flesh-like forms and detailed textures that engender bodily responses from viewers due to their intense familiarity, yet complete absurdity. Our stomach turns, and we want to look away, but curiosity stops us. It is this uncanny sensation and the universality of it that her works make us aware of. More recently Laetitia’s practice has been driven by a close survey of food and everyday objects, through surreal sculptural reimagining. By blurring the boundaries of complex yet recognisable forms her work playfully incites both a sense of wonder and unease. These edible and domestic items speak to deeply personal emotions, memories and associations. She’s interested in exploring mixed cultures and identities as well as sharing the wonderful, the awful and the often-hilarious combinations that can arise when we play with our food. Olivier-Gargano is an emerging artist, currently based in Melbourne. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Monash University. Her work has been exhibited nationally at institutions such as Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Cement Fondu and UNSW galleries. Olivier-Gargano’s recent work consists of sculpture, stop-motion animation and works on paper.