Francesca DiMattio works to bring together a cacophony of influences which she applies in a layered and non-hierarchical approach within her sculptures. Her works draw from the rich tradition of ceramics, combining contrasting references and styles within each fluid construction. DiMattio seeks to explore new ways to weave together the history and artistry of craft, transposing it from a practice of quiet control into one that seems unpredictable, explosive and shifting—all the while mixing high and low, East and West, the historical and the contemporary. In her porcelain works, she mines the rich history of the medium, alluding to an almost encyclopedic lineage: English Rococo vases, Turkish tiles, Islamic Fritware, Viennese Du Paquier, French Sevres porcelain, Wedgwood figurines, and Meissen vases. She pairs these historical antecedents with references to contemporary kitsch, like Chintz-ware porcelain, mass-produced glass vases, floral-patterned tissue boxes, and Laura Ashley bed sheets.
Francesca DiMattio (b. 1981) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Boucherouite at Salon 94, New York, Francesca DiMattio: Housewares at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston (catalogue), and Vertical Arrangements, at the Zabludowicz Collection, London. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Perez Art Museum, Miami; The Frances Young Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; The Saatchi Gallery, London, and The Zabludowicz Collection, London. She is a 2019 recipient of American Academy of Arts and Letters for visual art.