Francesca Ori is an Italian artist. She studied fine art at the “Accademia Belle Arti” in Catania. She works primarily in mixed media sculpture, integrating collage into ceramic, porcelain, glass and welded metal structures.
Over recent years she has been concentrating on her joint art practice with Sergei Furst a British artist on themed exhibitions. Furst and Ori began their collaboration when they founded a joint studio in a sugar factory in Granada, Spain, in 2005 and since then have exhibited in Spain, Italy and England. Their work together has become increasingly focused on human behavioural manipulation for social ends through science and technology. Most recent exhibitions were: Sagrada Familia at Farley Farm Gallery in the grounds of the home of Lee Millar and Roland Penrose, Modular Body in the Ateneo in Malaga in May 2016, and Signs of Id , November 2016, onboard the LV21 ,a historic, 40 meter steel-hulled lightship transformed into a floating art space. Signs of Id, received an Elephant Trust Award and was supported by Arts Council England. They are currently working on an exhibition in Berlin scheduled for spring 2018.
Ori´s recent works take the form of three dimensional collages and dioramas: self contained multilayered theatres that the spectator is invited to look into. After an elaborate process of filtering print media her works normally take as their starting point assemblages of newspaper articles and cuttings to create poetic and disruptive narratives with a disquieting focus on anomalies lurking under the surface of society – social voyeurism revealing itself in social dissection. Film has recently been added to this mix.
Francesca Ori is currently based in England, but also operates in Spain and Italy.