Gaia's work is approached from different perspectives and methodologies across multiple areas of artistic and academic enquiry. Each work emerges from a concept that is explored and developed into a unified piece through the combination of various art practices, media, and research areas; this concept is never treated as a fixed entity, or a transcendental idea, but rather as a variable imminent notion that is flexible, open-ended and contingent upon various special, social and historical contexts. It is not seen exclusively in relation to other existing concepts or systems, but as a trampoline to develop something else, something new, to create and shape new outcomes and ideas.
She is interested in the manner in which repetition delimits the Self — without repetition, identity cannot be formed, and an event or an action that is not perpetuated in time becomes chance. Repetition, therefore, becomes a method and it standardises; it delimits practice in various disciplines, whether scientific or creative.
The tools, activities and techniques that are present in Gaia's practice are improvisation, devising music, collaboration, cello playing, knitting, poetry, curation.
Gaia is a sound artist and a cellist, born in Messina, Sicily, in 1991. She studied cello at the Conservatorio Arcangelo Corelli in Messina and at the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples. In 2012, she moved to the UK.
2005-10 Conservatorio Arcangelo Corelli, Messina
2010-12 Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella, Napoli
2012-13 Foundation Certificate, Leeds College of Music
2013-16, BA (Hons) in Music, University of York
2016-17, MA in Contemporary Studies, with distinction, University of York
Currently embarking on a PhD in Intermedia and Installation Art, University of York