Susanna Strati references funereal ritual, Catholic religious performance and devotional objects as a framework for creating new work. The material dimension of her practice extends declining traditional Southern Italian mourning customs through objects, expressing the spirit of lamentation, ritual, and commemorative-performative space away from their original contexts. Her objects combined with gesture, function to mediate sentiment, register emotion, and explore identity.
Strati lives and works in Sydney, her work integrates object, installation, video, photography and performance. She is an Alumna of UNSW Art & Design and recipient of awards and residencies, including an Australia Council Residency at the British School at Rome, an Australia Council research grant for independent study in central and southern Italy, and an Australian Post Graduate Award for research. Strati’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as selected as Finalist in the inaugural Paramor Prize: ART + INNOVATION (where she was Winner of the Mayoral Award), Hidden Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk (2012, 2014, 2015), The Blake Prize (2008, 2013), Fishers Ghost and Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2012, 2013, 2016). Her work has been exhibited at galleries such as The British School at Rome Gallery, Object Australian Design Centre, The Macleay Museum, Annandale Galleries, Brenda May Gallery and Mop Projects in Sydney.