Meet the artist / Lea Culetto

Who are you and what do you do?
I am a feminist who explores the social position of the female body today.

Describe your work in three words / adjectives.
Brilliant. Hairy. Kitschy.

Best advice on the art world you've received?
Do whatever you want.

Artwork / author / music / movie that has been your favorite lately?
Artist Ýrúrarí (@yrurari).

What do you fear when you create?
Since I no longer imagine the final product, nothing.

What creation tool would I not be able to live without?
Seams and threads.

What do you consider to be the biggest success of your artistic career so far?
Every project, event, collaboration for myself is the biggest success for me.

How do you view the positive or negative critique of your creation?
I look at it as part of a “job”. Although it seems to me that constructive criticism is generally lacking. Most of the time you receive a smile and “Congratulations” with a handshake.

Name an artist that you would like to be compared to.
I have no specific desire with which artist I would like to be compared.

What are you preparing for the future?
New collaborations are being developed, new projects are being created. It looks like the second half of the year will be much more hairy and kitschy.

Lea Culetto (b. 1995, Trbovlje) uses embroidery, assemblage and mixed media to create objects and installations that challenge notions of femininity and feminism through the prisms of fashion, the gaze and the body. Group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad include: Into the Space (Bežigrad Gallery I, Ljubljana, 2015), DSU ROG (Gallery Zelenica, 2015), Transformation of Image (Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2016), ROOMS 2017 (Kappatos Gallery, Athens), Young Female Art in Šiška (Kino Šiška, 2017), PREMIERA 2018 – 4th Triennial of Young Artists. Cultural Body, Space, Placements (Gallery of Contemporary Art, Celje), ObjectiFication (2018) and Feminist Art at UL ALUO, Part 1: One, Two … Five (Hairy) Proposals for an Éden Better Tomorrow (2019), both Gallery Alkatraz, as well as the exhibition Strands by ČIPke initiative (Cerkno, 2019). A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana (UL ALUO), Lea received the UL ALUO Award 2018 for her “sharp, original approach to the thematisation of taboos in connection with the female body through a diverse range of approaches in the field of contemporary art”.