STATEMENT


Spela Volcic (b. Postojna, 1984) is a visual artist based in Slovenia and Italy. After studying photography in Ljubljana, in 2004 she moved to Milan where she obtained a Diploma in Techniques and Languages of the Contemporary Photographic Project at CFP Riccardo Bauer. In 2011 she won a scholarship assigned by the Ministry of Culture in Slovenia that allowed her to continue her studies at the IUAV University of Venice, where she graduated in Visual Arts in 2013. After completing her studies, she was granted a one year artist residency in Venice at the contemporary art foundation Bevilacqua La Masa, and she was later selected for a residence at VIR - Viafarini DOCVA in Milan, Italy. Since 2016 she is officially registered as a freelancer in a field of culture assigned at the Slovenian Ministry of Culture of Republic Slovenia.

Volcic’s research is oriented to the creation of images. Trained as a photographer, her research grew to englobe multiple media, ranging from video to object, drawings, sculptures and installations. Her field of research includes materials such as bread, ceramic, synthetic materials and plastics. Often characterised by a conceptual approach, her work proposes a form of pure, rigorous and direct photography, that does not exhaust the possibility of perceiving the ambiguity of images. Her research is focused on the tension between reality and fiction, visible and invisible, true and false. Volcic often investigates the sculptural practice in its installative form, transforming materials through the acts of folding (flowers) and baking (bread). In these processes, photography becomes a tool and the final work.

Her works have been exhibited in solo and group shows, in institutions in Italy and abroad, such as GAMEC Museo d’arte Moderna e Contemporanea (Bergamo,IT); Fabbrica del Vapore (Milan,IT); Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa (Venice,IT); Museo Civico G. Fattori (Livorno,IT); A plus A Gallery (Venice,IT); Jarach Gallery (Venice,IT); Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, SI); Photon Gallery (Ljubljana, SI); UGM Umetnostna Galerija, (Maribor, SI); MGNG (Nova Gorica, SI); Obalne Galerije (Piran, SI); K2 Contemporary Art Center (Izmir, TR); Rob Pruitt Flea Market, collateral event of 56th Venice Biennal (Venice,IT). Her work is held in public and private collections