April 23, 2019
C Magazine Auction

Gattuso Edition 

Pet rock, 2019
Vanessa Maltese

Pet rock by Vanessa Maltese is a hand-patinated and painted bronze sculpture cast from a found stone. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to a face with two eyes and a furrowed brow, Pet rock explores the psychological phenomenon of pareidolia, in which recognizable patterns are seen in random visual material.

Vanessa Maltese
Pet rock
Patinated bronze, lacquer, enamel paint
Edition of 55 unique pieces + 1AP

Vanessa Maltese explores human perception and attempts to draw out psychological responses where phenomenology and the acts of seeing and being are addressed and challenged. Maltese holds a BFA from OCAD University, and is the winner of the 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, as well as the 2018 recipient of the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Program Prize. Recent and notable exhibitions include Night Gallery (Los Angeles), Shane Campbell Gallery (Chicago), Nicelle Beauchene Gallery (New York), Greenpoint Terminal Gallery (Brooklyn), Halsey McKay (East Hampton), Carl Louie (London, ON), the Power Plant (Toronto) and COOPER COLE (Toronto). Her work has been reviewed in national and international publications including in Frieze, Artforum and C Magazine. Maltese currently lives and works in Toronto and is represented by COOPER COLE (Toronto).


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