Irene mixes a variety of media to create mostly two-dimensional artworks. Guided by thematic preoccupations, Irene will typically have 5-6 types of materials to hand in order to react intuitively to whatever most inspires her.
Irene’s concerns range from the physical and primal to the mystical world of dreams and symbols. She is also inspired by movement- and dance-based practices such as Contact Improvisation.
Two qualities consistently evident in Irene’s art define her practice: rawness and a search for aesthetic beauty. Her work constantly explores the tensions between the two.
Irene was born and grew up in Padova, Italy.
She gained a BA Hons equivalent in Fashion Design from E.U. Ruzza Fashion Institute in Padova, Italy (1993). She has also a BA Hons in Arts & Design from Central St Martins College, London (2001).
She has worked as a designer and maker in: fashion; theatre and live art installation projects.
In her projects with the community, she’s interested in exploring building connections and bridges: be it among people within their community, or helping to reconnect them to their own inner child or aspects of their roots and cultural background.