My work focuses on intimacy, kinship, comfort, touch, and connection. I am constantly investigating how we interact with one another, how we support and care for each other, and how we grow apart or grow together over time. The forms I invent - and the ways in which they interact - strive to demonstrate human feeling and empathy. My work speaks about the interconnectedness we need and yearn for. It speaks to touch and attachment. I pull inspiration from forms found in the body and in nature; I am particularly drawn to tectonic plates, rock formations, and bodies hugging.
My most recent body of work has shifted from the comfort, safety, and warmth seen in much of my past work. I have turned towards representing moments of tension, transition, in-betweenness, and the difficult parts of our intimate relationships. The work discusses the inevitability that some relationships with friends and family change. Whether we grow apart, or grow closer, relationships often shift over time. I have begun to lean into displaying tension-filled moments that invoke discomfort, uncertainty, or even excitement.
b. 1992, Boston, MA, USA
2017 M.F.A., Painting, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2014 B.S., Studio Art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2013 Study Abroad, Studio Arts College International, Florence, Italy
2023 On the Precipice, KO Art & Antiques, FourCorners, London, England
2022 If We Get a House, w/ Lauren Anaïs Hussey, Stone House Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2022 Sequentiality: A Study of Line, Artsy / KO Art & Antiques (Online)
2022 REVERB, Visual Arts Scotland (Online)
2021 Flat File, Deanna Evans Projects, Brooklyn, NY
2020 Pen Pal, Stone House Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2019 Alumni Exhibition, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY
2018 Lava Cake with Coconut Cream, SÍM Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland
2018 Space Invaders, Fountain Street Gallery, Boston, MA
awards, residencies & press
2022 Chapter 89 Magazine, Vol. 4 Issue Number 6. https://chapter89magazine.com/2022/04/14/gabriella-carboni/
2018 Artist in Residence (September), SÍM Residency, Reykjavík, Iceland
2017 - 2018 Armory Teaching Artist Fellowship, The Armory Center for The Arts, Pasadena, CA
2018 - Present
Teaching Artist, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Teach in the Studio programs and School programs (including Art & Science and Art & Math integration). Work on curriculum development. Ages k-Adult.
2017 - Present
Instructor, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
ACCD’s extension program. Children & Teens & Adults.