Anya Gallaccio, Installation view at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2014

Anya Gallaccio

Anya Gallaccio

May 31 – July 5, 2014
Los Angeles

15th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition

October 3 – November 14, 2009
Los Angeles

Anya Gallaccio

Red Wind

June 28 – August 23, 2008
Los Angeles

Anya Gallaccio

December 10, 2005 – January 14, 2006
Los Angeles

Inaugural Group Show

September 4 – October 4, 2003
Los Angeles

Anya Gallaccio

October 18 – November 22, 1997
Santa Monica

Anya Gallaccio


September 8 – October 15, 1994
Santa Monica


Anya Gallaccio (b. 1963, Paisley, Scotland) studied at Kingston Polytechnic, London and Goldsmiths College of University of London. Recognized internationally for her work with natural materials to create site-specific installations, Gallaccio has consistently impacted notions of traditional sculpture. She engages organic substances such as trees, grass, flowers, fruit, and ice, enhancing their pure essence through sculptural form. Gallaccio’s sculptures are not created to capture one moment, instead she invites the viewer to witness the fluidity and impermanence of nature. The delicate and illusory appearance of her work encourages us to embrace the state and process of entropy, as the outcome of Gallaccio’s sculptures remains unforeseen, often even to the artist herself. She suggests true preservation only really occurs in our memory. Her work offers all the various stages of existence by emulating the renewal and degeneration of life. Yet, we are not meant to reminisce, but rather see beginnings and endings fuse together into a cycle that is forever changing and becoming. 

Gallaccio’s work has been the subject of international solo exhibitions including Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Northumberland, UK (2018); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (2015); Artpace, San Antonio, TX (2013); Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scotland (2012); Camden Arts Center, London, UK (2008); Sculpture Center, Queens, NY (2006); Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy (2005); Tate London, UK (2003); Tate Britain, London, UK (2002); Serpentine Gallery Lawn, London, UK (1997); and the ICA London, UK (1992). Her work is represented in the permanent collections of numerous international institutions including Arts Council of England, London, UK; British Council Collection, London, UK; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Paisley, Scotland; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; South London Gallery, London, UK; Tate Britain, London, UK; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, among many others. In 2003 she was nominated for the Turner Prize of the Tate Britain, London, UK. She is a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, CA

Selected Works


Ocula: A Conversation with Anya Gallaccio


The Times: The New Lindisfarne Castle — It’s a Wrap


Austin Chronicle: to see if time was there at Laguna Gloria


BBC News: Anya Gallaccio Breaks Out With First Permanent Art Work


Los Angeles Times: Anya Gallaccio Sets 'Beautiful Minds' in Motion with 3-D Clay Printing in San Diego


Guardian: 'Traumatised' Pebble Pictures Exhibited to Mark Centenary of First World War


Related Publications

Anya Gallaccio

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