Stefania Riccardi is a multimedia artist specialising in metal, timber, ceramics, assemblage, and collage (digital and analogue).
Riccardi’s practice investigates notions of belonging and estrangement through questioning the universality of experience and language. Tapping into her private midden of past experiences, she isolates and re-presents symbolic fragments and associations. In Riccardi’s works, fragmentation and unity play in harmonic counterpoint; the same way that her practice moves between strict systemic rules and intuitive associations.
Riccardi’s practice is influenced by Umberto Eco’s post-modernist writings on ars combinatoria – that is the ability to combine already existing elements into original propositions.
In her sculptural work, this approach finds expression in the 2021 assemblages made from a combination of fragmented body-casts of herself and her children, and various timber off-cuts.
Riccardi is currently researching read-write, and remix culture as she develops her practice towards the reuse and repurpose of digital material sourced from the web.
2021 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) National Art School, Sydney
2017 First Year Advanced Diploma of Ceramics , NSI TAFE, Hornsby Campus
2016 Diploma of Ceramics, NSI TAFE, Hornsby Campus
2004 Masters (Library and Information Science) CSU
1997 Bachelor of Arts (Library and Information Science) CSU
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022 Graduate Show National Art School, Darlinghurst, NSW
2021 Beyond These Walls, Library Stairwell Gallery, NAS, NSW
2021 Skin Deep Queer Contemporary, Darlinghurst, NSW
2021 FRACAS Articulate Art Space, Leichhardt, NSW
2020 COVID Quilt National Art School, Darlinghurst, NSW
2020 Retracing Emerge 2020 - Sydney Craft. Willoughby, NSW
2018 Stanthorpe International Art Prize, Stanthorpe, QLD
2017 Little Things Art Prize, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington, NSW
2017 Kaleidoscope, Willoughby Visual Arts Biennale 2017, NSW
2016 Stories in Clay The Gallery, Sydney Ceramics Studios, NSW
2016 Port Hackings Potters Group, National Competition, Port Hackings, NSW
2016 Ebb & Flow, The Gallery, Sydney Ceramics Studios, NSW
2015 Paint & Clay The Gallery, Sydney Ceramics Studios, NSW
Private collections in NSW.
2017 Cultural Research Award The Australian Ceramic Association
2016 Certificate of Merit Port Hackings Potters Group 2016 National Competition. Judge: Glenn Barkley
2021 The Art Show (interview 3/3/21) Radio National - Namila Benson - Audio link
Stefania Riccardi’s early career was in the field of information technology (programming and maintenance of large systems). Equipped with an insatiable curiosity and desire to learn, she subsequently embarked in a career as research information/data specialist for Australian universities. In the span of her career Riccardi has witnessed the appropriation and democratization of access to data and its reuse.
Riccardi’s ongoing interest in creative practice took a significant turn in 2016, when she completed the TAFE Diploma in Ceramics and began studying for the Advanced Diploma. Halfway through the Advanced Diploma she realised that she needed to better understand art history in context and to set a concrete foundation for her creative curiosity. She therefore enrolled in the BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) at NAS (National Art School ) and immersed herself in sometimes frustrating, yet transformative and ever rewarding, practice-based research. In 2021, Riccardi completed the BFA (Sculpture).
Riccardi has been regularly exhibiting and selling her work since 2016. Her work is held in private collections in Sydney, NSW.
Riccardi grew up in downtown Rome (Italy). She has lived and worked in upstate New York (USA) and Sydney (Australia). She now lives between Sydney and Olevano Romano - a small medieval town in the Italian Apennines where she periodically reunites with good friends and a small, quiet olive grove.