137 Adderley Street, West Melbourne, Victoria 3003, Australia


WestEnd Art Space

Anna Caione


My work fuses aspects of contemporary culture and my Italian heritage, which may be understood as a threshold between the realm of intangible memory and the physical realm of place. I endeavour to manifest such universal links exposed within my artwork.

I am concerned with subjective understandings of matter and space; the energies inherent in materials; with vitality and memory. I sporadically reference old historical surfaces, architecture and the landscape. I attempt to resonate these qualities through revitalizing collected remnant fabrics and found objects in which intuition, combined with bodily gestural movements help to construct my compositions, described as impulsive, rather like an ‘automatic’ mind connected with hand and fabric, a form of automatism. ‘Automatism’ is a concept based on the intuitive drive, the irrational, and the accidental occurrences during the process of creating. New York School abstractionist Robert Motherwell defines it as ‘letting the work pour out, without any critical intervention or editing.’ The process of creating for me involves stretching, sewing, pulling, layering, cutting, and pouring with the application of mixed mediums and materials. The textural manipulation and layering of the surface exposes the raw materials used to uncover the surface palimpsest and the artwork’s subconscious narrative through which the exposure of the artwork’s skeletal structures and layers are discovered. The artwork functions as a means of not only of the exploration through the process of creating, but also allows for the viewer to conceive an intangible atmosphere conceived within the work.


Anna Caione is currently an Academic Tutor at Swinburne University of Technology and a sessional TAFE teacher at the Melbourne Polytechnic. She has a Master of Arts by Research from Monash University, Melbourne and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne. She has lived in Italy and completed a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Albertina Accademia of Fine Arts of Turin, Italy. Caione has exhibited extensively in Australia and Internationally. Her work is held in a numerous corporate and private collections. Research, education andimmersion are important to the ongoing development of her work. This has seen Caione involved in artist in residency and fellowship programs as well as lecturing and teaching at various tertiary institutions, currently she lectures and tutors in Drawing, Painting and 20th Century Design History. Research interests include Abstract Expressionism, Italian mid-century abstract art, mid-century Italian design, Arte Povera, Renaissance art and contemporary art. Anna has previously been represented by Gallery 101-(2004-2010) and Catherine Asquith Gallery- (2010-2013).