Ludovica Gioscia



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Beheaded Monarchs, by Ludovica Gioscia
Beheaded Monarchs, by Ludovica Gioscia

A flamboyant sculptural work by installation artist Ludovica Gioscia.

Gioscia who is best known for using wallpaper in her work has made Mikado from screen printed wallpaper, sculpted into head like shapes and adorned by jewellery and hairpieces.

They are then mounted on wooden poles, which in turn are displayed in a falling motion.

Mikado is the name of a 19th century parlour game, later known as Pick-Up Sticks.

It is also the title of Gilbert and Sullivan's popular comic opera, and Gioscia references both the game and the opera in the work.

Using a hybrid iconography of mixed references to the baroque, 19th century exoticism, pop art and graphics from Disney to Nu-Rave, Gioscia makes what she calls 'campscapes', celebrating and criticizing the visual language of opulence.

Accompanying the sculptures is a triptych of collages with titles referring to the female characters of the opera, Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo.

Ludovica Gioscia was born in Rome in 1977 and lives and works in London.

After her Siobhan Davies Studios show she presents a new solo exhibition at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and a wallpaper installation at the Miro Foundation in Barcelona in 2010.

She has previously shown at The Agency, London and Sara Tecchia Roma New York, as well as at the South London Gallery, Jerwood Space, Wax in Budapest and MNAC in Bucharest.

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Siobhan Davies Studios
85 St George's Road, London, SE1 6ER
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Mon-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri & Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-2pm



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