Anya Gallaccio is known for installations that employ organic materials that are subject to change and decay—flowers and fruit, sugar and ice—even as her work is inflected with a minimalist vocabulary suggesting durability and timelessness.
Recently she has begun working with stone, exploring the sense of time embedded in this more long-lasting material, as well as the properties inherent to species of stone drawn from the western United States. In a new site-specific project for MCASD, Gallaccio takes inspiration from the Southern California landscape, exploring the spatial and geological properties of its rugged terrain.
Gallaccio worked to build an unlikely technology: a 3D printer for clay to render a version of the iconic national monument, Devils Tower. Gallaccio joins a primal art material, clay, with a futuristic innovation, the 3D printer. For Gallaccio, the printer’s extruded coils of wet clay highlight the potential slippage between artistic intent, the limits of materials, and technological processes in contemporary artistic practice.