Vittoria Di Stefano’s research centres on material investigation as a method for examining notions of liminality - or transformative in-betweenness - in sculptural practice. She employs temporal, marginal and contingent processes to investigate a range of mutable materials as a means to explore the alchemical and transformational properties of the sculptural object.
As well as traditional sculptural materials she employs gendered substances associated with the transformation of the body such as salon waxes, soap and lipstick, transgressing their use value to disrupt approaches to making and viewing. She will often reference male Modernist artworks through this engagement with materiality to make works that challenge traditional gender power structures and notions of value. In the studio this investigation takes place through an interlocutory and cyclical process of desire, discovery, conflict and consequence. The resulting objects exist only for a short time before they are subsumed back into the studio process to be transmuted into material for subsequent works.
Di Stefano has taken part in solo and group exhibitions nationally and is currently undertaking a PhD at RMIT University, where she also lectures in Art History & Theory and Sculpture.