Statement

Making art allows me to explore a long-held fascination with the curious, esoteric and uncanny in our everyday lives – when the familiar becomes unfamiliar, when we look and are looked at, speculation, suggestion and second guessing – and how all of this is experienced, recorded and recalled.

Daily life in British suburbia, my Maltese roots, our domestic spaces, dreams and the supernatural have all shaped work that explores ideas around presence and absence, invasion and evasion, protection, surveillance, identity, intimacy and the space between our public and private lives.

Snatched glimpses, fleeting images, murmurs, memories and a sensation of constant flux all leave their mark. Automatic techniques combine with a purposeful hand to create an array of hybrid, morphing forms, multiples and masked alter-egos. The result is a series of transient encounters, sticky situations and playful reverie that prompt further narratives and interpretations to emerge.

A cross-disciplinary artist, my practice incorporates drawing, collage, painting, photography, video, sound, sculpture, installation, book arts and performance, with work being exhibited across the UK and around the world. I am also a freelance tutor and teach art classes to both adults and children where I encourage them to discover, explore and develop their own ideas and practice.

Mario Lautier Vella. Photo: Richard Guest

Photo: Richard Guest