Laila Marie Costa is a Melbourne based artist and curator who works across contemporary jewellery, collage, assemblage, installation and occasionally sound. The nebulous spaces between fine art, craft and design are the areas that intrigue and inspire the bulk of her investigations. Costa’s working process is based on collecting the waste and refuse of consumer culture from her daily domestic and work life. The debris is sorted by obsessive methodologies that allow the materials to infer the form. Her creations are further informed by her Italian heritage, domesticity, feminism, environmental issues, art history, materiality and humour.
Costa 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 holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Art from the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2016 Costa was awarded an Italian Australian Foundation Fellowship to study micro-mosaic in Ravenna and Venice, Italy. She works as a freelance curator and community arts worker producing bi-annual exhibitions at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Collingwood, and has consulted on the art collection for the Heidelberg and Shepparton Court houses. A studio artist at Northcity4, Costa is part of the curatorial team that founded Temp Contemp, a gallery for experimental contemporary jewellery and associated practices. Together with Anna Gray, she has curated Northcity4 group exhibitions Kick Out the Jams, Jam Factory, and 14 Benches, Craft.
Her work is currently available at Studio Ingot, Melbourne, and Gallery 20/17, Sydney,