Laila Marie Costa’s creative practice is imbued with the concepts of consumer culture, environmentalism and feminism. She obsessively collects the discards of life, the recyclable and the detritus, and uses this source material to produce jewellery, collage and assemblages that explore the line between fine art, craft and design.
Laila is currently expanding her RUN LMC collection focusing on detailed necklaces and earrings made using silver, collected plastic and guitar ball ends. The reels and guides that are the basis of the collection were mined from the internal components of band ‘demo’ cassette tapes salvaged from an iconic Melbourne live music venue.
She has a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) from RMIT and a Graduate Diploma from the VCA. She has held solo exhibitions, primarily in artist run spaces, and participated in group exhibitions in Australia and overseas. In 2012 she completed a two month artist in residence at La Plata, Argentina and in 2011 recieved a grant to study Roman marble mosaic in Italy. This year she was awarded an Italian Services Institute International Fellowship to study micro-mosaic and research community art projects in Italy and Spain in 2017.
As well as her studio practice, she works as a sessional teacher in Visual Arts and Design at Swinburne TAFE and as a program manager and curator for the Urban Campfires Program at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Collingwood.
Her work is currently available at Studio Ingot, Melbourne