Anya Gallaccio (b.1963) was born in Paisley, Scotland. She studied at Kingston Polytechnic and Goldsmith’s College of Art. She now lives and works in California.
Gallaccio’s work often explores nature and the passing of time using organic materials. In the past Gallaccio has used materials as diverse as fruit, chocolate, cut flowers and ice in her large-scale installations.
In 2002, Gallaccio was commission to make a work for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries where she created a monumental installation with the trunks of seven large oak trees. In 2003, a major survey of her work was held at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham and later that year she was nominated for the Turner Prize.