Tiziana La Melia



Tiziana La Melia





Tiziana La Melia
n°5 Orange, 2016
huille sur lin
195 x 140 cm





Tiziana La Melia
Puppy cat eyes on you, 2016, pastel sur papier
Idling moon dog tears, 2016, pastel sur papier





Tiziana La Melia
Getting into it, 2015-2016
huile sur toile
87 x 57 cm





Tiziana La Melia
Getting into it, 2015-2016
huile sur toile
87 x 57 cm





Tiziana La Melia
pov of shadow flipped, 2015
pastel sur papier
59 x 42 cm





Tiziana La Melia
ear smize, 2015
pastel sur papier
59 x 42 cm





Tiziana La Melia
empty your mind wizards, 2015
pastel sur papier
59 x 42 cm





Tiziana La Melia
who’s the boss, 2015
pastel sur papier
59 x 42 cm





Tiziana La Melia
SimpleSincereFrank & Straightforward, 2015
spray, pastel sur aluminium




Tiziana La Melia
Bermuda Girl, 2015
spray, pastel sur aluminium





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Tiziana La Melia






Tiziana La Melia


Tiziana La Melia


Tiziana La Melia


Tiziana La Melia





Tiziana La Melia


Tiziana La Melia was born in Palermo (Italy) in 1982. She lives and works in Vancouver, Canada, notably as a guest in the territory of the Amerindian peoples Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, Stó: l? and Tsleil-Waututh.

Oscillating between representations and abstractions, her works explore the potentialities of language, intertwining the genre of autofiction and a broader thought on the female archetype.
Her works have recently been shown in personal exhibitions such as «Broom Emotion» at the galerie anne barrault (Paris); «Ambivalent Pleasures» at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver); «Innocence at Home» at CSA Projects (Vancouver); «Domestic Like a Pre-Raphelite Brotherhood» at Truth and Consequences (Geneva), Johnny Suede, Damien and the Love Guru (Brussels); In the Land of Skeletons at the Schwaz Gallery (Schwaz); «The Eyelash and the Monochrome» at the Mercer Union (Toronto); «Lot» at The Apartment (Vancouver), «Neck of Thirsty Flower» at Exercise (Vancouver), Truth & Consequences (Geneva).
Tiziana La Melia has also participated in group exhibitions at Parc Saint Léger, outside the walls, in Nevers, at the Oakville Galleries, at the Gallery Division in Montreal, at the Mint Project Space in Columbus,
at the Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles ...

Her poetry and critics have appeared in the Art 21, The Interjection Calender, CMagazine, Agony Klub, The Organism for Poetic Research, The Capilano Review, The LA Art Book Review and West Coast Line magazines. In 2014 she won the RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

In 2018, she published two books of poetry published by Talonbooks entitled «The Eyelash and the Monochrome» and «Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect» published by Blank Check Press.

Solo exhibitions


  • Tiziana la Melia | Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Canada
  • St. Agatha’s stink script | Galerie anne barrault – Paris
  • 2017

  • Broom Emotion | Galerie anne barrault – Paris | Curated by: Franck Balland

  • The pigeon looks for death in the space between the needle and the haystack, LECLERE Centre d’art, Marseille, organized by Charlotte Cosson & Emmanuelle Luciani
    Broom Emotion, Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris, curated by Franck Balland

    Innocence at Home, CSA Projects, Vancouver, curated by Steffanie Ling
    The Eyelash and the Monochrome, Mercer Union, Toronto, curated by Georgina Jackson.
    Lot, The Apartment, Vancouver, curated by Lee Plested

    Neck of Thirsty Flower, Exercise, Vancouver
    Table of Contents (Accompanying Poem), Clint Roenisch, Toronto

    Group exhibitions


  • Global Cows | Damien & The Love Guru, Bruxelles
  • Global Cows | Damien & The Love Guru
  • Pastoral Love | Lucas Hirsch gallery, Dusseldorf | Curated by: Nils Alix-Tabeling
  • The Poets Have Always Preceded | Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver
  • Super, Natural | Unit 17, Vancouver
  • Super Natural | Unit 17, Vancouver
  • The poets have always preceded art and poetry in Vancouver, 1960 - present | Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver
  • 2016

  • Nouveau ! | Galerie anne barrault – Paris
  • 2018
    salon Drawing Now, Carreau du Temple, Paris
    Domestic, like a Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood
    , curated by Charlotte Cosson & Emmanuelle Luciani
    Truth & Concequences, Genève
    Michele di Menna, Vienna
    Martos Gallery, New York
    Kamias Triennale, Philippines
    In the Land of Skeletons, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Schwaz
    Johnny Suede (with Vanessa Disler, Lucy Stein and Charlott Weise), Damien & the Love Guru, Brussels
    17:1, Unit 17, Vancouver

    Vancouver Special Triennale: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
    Vancouver Special Triennale: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
    Terminal 1, Western Front, Vancouver
    For You/And Me, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, curated by Ashleigh Bartlett
    A Pool is Water, Division Gallery, Montreal, curated by Loreta Lamargese
    nouveau, Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris
    Down To Write You This Poem Sat, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, curated by Frances Loeffler
    Still Life, Lycée Raoul Follereau/Parc Saint Léger, Nevers, curated by Franck Balland
    Enter the Fog, The Rooms, St. Johns, curated by Josée Drouin and Mireille Eagan
    Intensive Nesting, Division Gallery, Montreal, curated by Loreta Lamargese

    Glory Bead, Mint Project Space, Columbus, Ohio, curated by Cudelice Brazelton
    A Line In The Sand, Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, curated by Eve Fowler
    Stopping the Sun in its Course, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, curated by Jesse McKee
    Hotter Than July 24th, Cooper Cole, Toronto
    Ultra-sensitive eyeballs tracing a silvery wake from purple to blue, Garden Avenue, Toronto, curated by Colin Miner
    Through a Window: Visual Art and SFU 1965-2015, Audain Gallery, Vancouver, curated by Amy Kazymerchyk
    Occasional Furniture, The Apartment, Vancouver

    Altered States, Macaulay & Co. Fine Arts, Vancouver
    Joan Dark, Western Front, Vancouver, curated by Jesse Birch
    A problem so big it needs other people, SBC Gallerie d’art Contemporain, Montreal, curated by cheyanne turions
    Every Evasion, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver

    Provisions, Xpace, Toronto, curated by Ellyn Walker
    The Intellection of Lady Spider House, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, organized by Geoffrey Farmer
    On the Tip of my Tongue, Magasin 3, Stockholm. Collaborative film with Tamara Henderson
    Crystal Tongue, Exercise, Vancouver, curated by Amy Kazymerchyk

    Freedom of Assembly, Oakville Galleries, Ontario, curated by Matthew Hyland

    The Most She Weighed, The Least She Weighed, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, curated by Jen Hutton


    Publication (selection)
    2017 Mouthwash. The Interjection Calender 04-17. Montez Press (online)
    2017 Sweaty Feelings. Agony Klub 2. Edited by Casey
    2016 Excerpt from The Eyelash and the Monochrome. Art 21 Magazine, Nov/Oct Issue (online), Edited by Lee Plested
    2016 A cute curse. Poetry is Dead, Issue 14: Intersections, Edited by Shazia Hafiz Ramji
    2016 Case Studies. Tripwire Issue 12, edited by David Bucck
    2016 A Brief Vacation, Rooms with a Review, (collected writings from the Critical Art Writing Ensemble II)
    2016 Staring at the Ceiling, DYSFYCTION 3, Organised by Herzman Mellowville
    2015 FLAR Report, C Magazine, Issue 128
    2015 I lost my body at Plan D’eau, response to Waves for Nicolas Sasoon
    2015 Would you rather have a peach or a painting of a peach? Letters to the Editors, Issue 29
    2015 Walling the wall, dooring the door, flooring the floor, LA Art Book Review, Issue 5.0
    2015 Voices On Her Cures, C Magazine, Issue 127
    2015 Rearviews No. 3, C Magazine, Issue 126
    2015 A few notes and citations, The Capilano Review Issue 3.27
    2015 Is 1hr 1hr? Gallery text for Laurie Kang, 8-11 (also published in Entangles)
    2014 The Part of No Part, Exhibition Catalogue, 221A and Brick Press, Organized by Dan Starling
    2014 Infer in Furs, Gallery text for Emily Hill, Macaulay & Co. Fine Arts
    2014 Thought Column for Joan the Saint, Night Papers V, Edited by Davida Nemeroff
    2014 Lake Moods, The Lake, Organized by Maggie Groat
    2014 Capilano Style Column, Not-poetry in Vancouver, The Capilano Review, Winter (with Rebecca Brewer)
    2013 Postures, Millions Magazine, Issue 2. Edited by Tony Romano and Claire Greenshaw
    2013 Lot, Gallery text for Sally Spath and Nestor Kruger, YYZ
    2013 Room Motion, Gallery text for Effects of a Room, G Gallery
    2013 OOMOTION, Pelt, Issue 2. Edited by Daniel C. Reimen, Ada Smailbegovic and Rachael Wilson
    2011 The Hands of V&U. Pyramid Power, Issue 8. Edited by Rachelle Sawatsky, pp 54- 61, Vancouver
    2010 Story About Making a Line. W2010. W magazine, Edited by the Kootney School of Writing
    2005 for fun furnitures, pretty. West Coast Line No.48, Edited by Jerry Zaslove and Glen Lowry, pp. 57-59

    2017 What about the Children? Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels
    2016 Moire Reading and Launch: What Shape of Purple, Art Metropole, Toronto
    2016 Staring at the Ceiling, CAG, Vancouver
    2016 Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect, Publication Studio, Vancouver
    2016 The Eyelash and the Monochorome, Western Front, Vancouver
    2015 Twilight of the Idols, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles
    2014 Sci-pulp Poetics, Wendy’s Subway, New York
    2014 Rhythms & Forms, Poets Theatre, The Apartment, Vancouver
    2014 Rumours, Model, Vancouver
    2013 The Tent Shop: Scriviner’s Monthly, The Western Front, Vancouver
    2013 Case Studies (with Vanessa Disler), Exercise, Vancouver
    2012 The Part of No Part: Costumes, 221A, Vancouver
    2010 The Hands of V&U, The Butterfly Garden, The Banff Centre, Banff
    2009 Readings for TV, Axelrod Project Space, Guelph
    2009 Manifesto, University of Guelph, Guelph
    2009 Avowal of What is Here, Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre, Saskatoon
    2008 Best Friend Boys, 1067 Granville St, Organized by A23, Vancouver
    2008 Legends/Translations, 1067 Granville St, Organized by A23, Vancouver
    2007 KSW Emerging Poets Reading: Nikki Reimer, Mark Dahl, Jamie Denike & Tiziana La Melia, Spartacus Books, Organized by the Kootney School of Writing, Vancouver
    2006 Like Lick, Licked, Lotus Hotel, Organized by West Coast Line (Magazine Launch, No.48), Vancouver


    2017 Witt, Andrew. ‘Eccentric, Polymorphous, Abstract: Vancouver Art and other Mythologies of the Near-Future’, The Mainlander, January 14
    2016 Webb, Nancy. “A Pool is Water,” C Magazine, Issue 132
    2016 West, Linnea. “Phone Tag: Interview with Tiziana La Melia”, Art Ravels, October 3, (online)
    2016 turions, cheyanne. “Evocative and Futile Fantasies of Nature Tamed”, Hyperallergic, April 1, (online)
    2016 Moore, Lisa. “Enter the Fog,” Canadian Art
    2016 Ferrand, Nicolas-Xavier “Still Life”, Pensée Plastique (online)
    2016 Kirsh, Jessica, “Intensive Nesting,” Editorial Magazine (online)
    2015 Olauson, Ingrid. “Poems for Hairdressers,” Issue Magazine
    2015 Irvine, Karina. “Top 3 of 2015: Telling Things,” Canadian Art, December 23 (online)
    2015 Moser, Gaby. “Play on Words: Stopping the Sun in its Course,” Canadian Art, August 20 (online)
    2015 Kirzenbaum, Martha.”The Vancouver Model,” Flash Art, April 17 (online)
    2015 Prata, Rosie. “Tiziana La Melia’s Winking References,” Canadian Art, January 7 (online)
    2014 Sawatsky, Rachelle. “Yellow Snail,” Exhibition Essay for The Eyelash and the Monochrome, Mercer Union
    2014 Adams, James. “Painter breathes new life into the craft,” Globe and Mail, October 5
    2014 Ross, Jacquelyn. “Artist Poetry, Poets Theatre,” The Capilano Review, Issue 3.24, pp. 227-28
    2014 Cwynar, Kari. “A Problem So Big It Needs Other People,” C Magazine, Issue 122, pp.57-58
    2014 turions, cheyanne. “Subjects as Things,” http://cheyanneturions.wordpress.com (online)
    2013 Turner, Michael. “Crystal Tongue Defies Analysis In Vancouver,” Canadian Art, June 12 (online)
    2013 Ross, Jacquelyn. “Rehearsal for a Poem: A Conversation with Tiziana La Melia,” C Magazine, Issue 117, pp.36-41
    2011 Editors’ Pick, The Most She Weighed/The Least She Weighed, Magenta Magazine, Summer 2011, Volume 2, No.3 (online)


    2016 Affinities: A series of performance, screenings, and conversations organized in conjunction to the Joan Jonas exhibition From Away, DHC/ART, Montreal
    2016 Unstill Objects & Lost Materials, Gallery S O, London, UK
    2016 Padded Screen, Video project in collaboration with Laurie Kang for inaugural issue of MICE Magazine
    2015 Light Soluble Mediums, The Picture Show, New York
    2015 Light Soluble Mediums: PDX Redux, Brass Tacks Sandwiches, Portland
    2013 L’Hôtel de l’Exposition, Treize, Paris

    Grants and residencies

    2017 Triangle, Marseille
    2016 Critical Art Writing Ensemble, Banff Centre, Banff
    2015 British Columbia Arts Council Professional Development Grant
    2015 Longlist Soby Art Award
    2014 Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles
    2014 TPW Writer in Residence, TPW, Toronto
    2014 RBC Painting Competition winner
    2010 SSHRC, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Scholarship
    2008 Mary Plumb Blade Award
    2008 JackPine Press Publishing Grant


    Gallery exhibitions

    books & prints

    Tiziana La Melia - Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect

    Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect

    Blank Cheque Press


    15 x 20 cm

    157 pages

    20 €

    Tiziana La Melia - The Eyelash and the Monochrome

    The Eyelash and the Monochrome



    128 pages

    20 €