8 November 2023
Figurine Piccole Figure
Minuscule people populate Giorgia Lo Faso’s
evolving studio interiors
by Kate Mothes
The studio itself transforms into a canvas for Netherlands-based Italian artist Giorgia Lo Faso, who combines miniature paintings and architectural elements into large-scale installations and movable sculptures. In series like My Studio, she paints directly onto her studio walls, then tears the substrate off to create standalone pieces that stack onto trolleys or layer onto gallery walls like a second skin.
Many of Lo Faso’s pieces are portable, small enough or modular so that they can be literally transported in a backpack. “My practice centers around the interplay between images reproduction, memory, and the space I inhabit, which serves as an archive,” she says. “I am particularly interested in the notion of spaces as transactional entities, potentially influencing the elusive sensation of ‘home.'”
The artist draws on the idea of transporting space, especially home—and along with it, notions of familiarity—tapping into a fascination with how space transcends physical dimensions to include “intangible, metaphorical, and psychological aspects.” Lo Faso’s process and imagery embraces repetition, filling rooms with slices of wall, filled in turn with tiny figurative watercolors. Using preservation techniques, she investigates her surroundings by peeling and reforming pieces of wall, rethinking the space itself.
Header image: Detachment of watercolors painted on wall, 2019
All images © Giorgia Lo Faso