'The creative process is one of self-exploration and a means of telling my story via visual language.
Each piece is a very personal and heartfelt account of my journey from darkness to light.
The work is layered, evoking emotion, feeling, thought and memory.
Using sgraffito to scratch back into layers of deep-seated emotion revealing hidden parts of the human experience speaks to my journey, the process both therapeutic and cathartic.'
Born in Perth, Western Australia, to parents who emigrated from Calabria, Italy - Aurelio Costarella is a designer and artist whose work has been showcased on runways globally and worn by celebrities and royalty, including Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Tina Arena and Charlize Theron.
Renowned in the fashion world for his exquisite gowns and Demi-Couture, Aurelio initially studied Architecture at Curtin University before pursuing a career in fashion.
Self-taught, Aurelio’s designs rejected relentless, trend-driven seasonality, rather producing thoughtful, timeless investment pieces.
Aurelio presented his collections at New York Fashion Week, Australian Fashion Week. He showcased his work via PR /Sales showrooms in Paris, New York, London and Los Angeles. His work is housed in gallery collections, including the WA MUSEUM, Powerhouse Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Aurelio’s significant contribution to Australian fashion was showcased in 2013 when the Western Australian Museum exhibition - Aurelio Costarella: A 30 Year Retrospective.
In July 2015, Aurelio decided that it was time to talk openly about his life-long struggle with his mental un-wellness in a candid interview. Aurelio was appointed an Ambassador for Lifeline in July 2015, spoke of his lived experience, and began advocating for those living with Mental Health issues.
In 2016, Aurelio was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), Hall of Fame.
Since shuttering his fashion business in July 2017, Aurelio has shifted his focus to painting.
Aurelio has channelled his art practice into a collaboration with Scandinavian Wallpaper Décor to produce a range of wall coverings and murals.
As an Ambassador for Lifeline WA and in honour of the memory of the many
lives lost to suicide, I give 10% proceeds of all artwork sold via my site to the organisation.
ALL THAT GLITTERS :
FINDING LIGHT IN THE BROKEN PARTS
SOLD AT AUCTION :
RAISING $8500 for LIFELINE WA
THE WORK :
Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of kintsugi - an embracing of the flawed or imperfect.
Not only is there no attempt to hide the damage, but the repair is literally illuminated.
The concept of taking our broken pieces and bonding them with gold is an acceptance of the broken parts with all of us. None of us is perfect – in embracing all of our parts, the whole and fractured - we give permission for golden light to illuminate our souls, renewing HOPE.
94CM X 94CM ACRYLIC PAINT, ROSE GOLD FOIL, GRAPHITE, OIL PASTEL, CHALK, PENCIL, ON STRETCHED CANVAS, BOX FLOAT FRAMED IN BUFF WHITE
: PAINTED EXCLUSIVELY FOR LIFELINE WA by AURELIO COSTARELLA :
As every thought we think leads us to the next, so to my mark-making.
Beginning with a blank canvas, guided by feeling, each deliberate and heartfelt stroke leads me to the next. As in life, the destination an unknown until I've travelled the path and arrived at the moment.
The creative process and mental un-wellness have shaped my life in ways I'd never imagined.
From early childhood, adolescence, into adulthood and throughout my fashion journey, I lived with and concealed the pervasive emotional distress. Silently and in fear.
I know the darkness, and I feel blessed to have survived the feelings of not being able to go on,
not wanting to be here.
I stepped away from a 34-year design career to collect the broken pieces that had become my life, dusting them off and piecing them back together. My mental health journey has not been linear.
Becoming a Lifeline Ambassador and speaking publicly about my battle in July 2015, I have continued to advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, and patient safety for the last six years while living with my ongoing mental health challenges.
Suicide prevention is an issue very close to my heart - my own lived experience of suicidality, the loss of friends, and my connection with bereaved families and partners of beautiful souls lost along the way drive me to fight for awareness, change and healing.
Lifeline WA's mission is to prevent suicide, support people in crisis and reduce the stigmas,
which can be a barrier to people seeking help. Giving back to an organisation providing vital services in the suicide prevention space is an important part of my mental health advocacy work. Illuminating the path is something we can all be a part of.
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