Anya Gallaccio
British , born 1963
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum

Painting walls with chocolate, decorating doors with a carpet of flowers, or constructing a salt tower to be eaten away by the tide, Anya Gallaccio’s installations and sculptures melt, decay, or disintegrate until they exist only as memory. Even her more preserved objects, like a gold lamé hand-knotted fishing net and bronze apple trees affixed with real, rotting apples, recall Victorian memento mori. While Gallaccio’s use of organic materials and natural processes situate her among Young British Artists like Damien Hirst and Marc Quinn, Gallaccio does not attempt to completely arrest the cycles of decay, acknowledging the momentary rather than the monumental nature of sculpture.