Gabriella D’Italia grew up in Morristown, NJ. She received her BA in Philosophy and the History of Science and Mathematics through the great books program at St. John’s College, and after living several years in Boston, D’Italia moved to rural Newburgh, Maine. There, she renovated an 1879 one-room schoolhouse (The Bell School), where she now lives and works. In 2012, she earned her MFA in Intermedia at the University of Maine, Orono. D’Italia’s professional practice began with an emphasis on fiber, especially quilting techniques. Her work, Black Finery, was included in the international biennial Quilt National 2009, as one of the best examples of contemporary quilting. She has achieved membership in Maine’s most prestigious, juried guilds such as The Maine Crafts Guild, Designing Women, and the Maine Crafts Association. The conceptual nature of D'Italia's practice has expanded her range of materials and techniques, and although she still uses labor intensive, repetitive processes in most work, it now includes video, writing, and installation. Her work has been exhibited nationally as well as in Maine, including exhibitions at the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Cabinet Magazine Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, New York, Wichita Center for the Arts in Kansas, Hite Art Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine, Aarhus Gallery in Belfast, and Rose Contemporary in Portland. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies, including a Mildred’s Lane Residency Fellowship, a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, and the 2011-2012 Chase Distinguished Research Assistantship to complete her MFA thesis research at the University of Maine. Her thesis work, entitled Becoming the Center of the Universe, describes the re-imagination of time as a material entity, and the consequences of this vision, particularly the consequences to a working methodology and to narrative.