Electra Costa

Artist Statement

Electra Costa was born in London in 1986. She works predominantly in the medium of drawing but she includes different mediums into her practice such as collage and photography.

Electra completed a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree in 2010 as well as a Foundation Course in art and Design in 2007 at Byam Shaw School of Art at Central St Martins.  Since graduating Electra has exhibited her work throughout the UK as well as abroad. She has exhibited at the Leyden Gallery in the exhibition ExtraOrdinary Quotidian and has recently been selected for the OPENCUEB 2014 international art competition at cueB Gallery and has also been selected as a finalist for The National Open Art Competition 2014 (NOA.). Electra’s work was displayed at Somerset House, with Antony Gormley and Gavin Turk attending the (NOA.) PV.

My work is concerned with the idea of images and objects appearing innocent and harmless, but they can also be interpreted in a more sinister way. When we first look at an object or image it is already etched with our own personal meaning. That meaning is impossible to remove; it is permanently fixed in our memory. Different people will interpret the same sensory stimulus in different ways, based on who they are and the background factors that influence what they do or do not notice. 

I have tried to explore this idea by questioning our sometimes romanticised and wholesome views of the past and evoking lost childhood innocents, through the use of found vintage images such as family photographs, B – Moves and fancy dress costumes.

 I manipulate aspects of my work by using contrasting images, adding colour to a mostly black and white work or taking away parts leaving the viewer to fill in the gaps. This ambiguity is intended to unsettle the viewer. 

I sometimes use humour to create a reaction but it comes from the darkest end of the comic spectrum.  The images are both comfortably familiar and deeply unsettling.  I explore the idea of nostalgia and the desire for a time that never actually existed.




2015 Summer Salon, Angus-Hughes Gallery, London, UK
The Arternative Playground, The Rag Factory, London, UK
Sweet 'Art's Summer Fair, Queen Of Arts, Looking Glass Cocktail Club, London, UK
Sweet Art's Summer Fair, Punch, Espacio Gallery , London, UK
Sweet Art's Y Not?, Espacio Gallery, London, UK
2014 National Open Art Competition, The Minerva Festival Theatre, Chichester, UK
Sweet Art's Saturnalia, Juno, London, UK
National Open Art Competition, Somerset House, London, UK
Elevated Artfair7, Leadenhall Market, London, UK
It All Starts With A Dream, London, UK
Colours of Aphrodite Hills, Aphrodite Hills, Paphos, Cyprus
Connections, 20th Century Theater, London, UK
Stomach #20, Hoxton Arches, London, UK
Speculative Future, A-Side B-side Gallery, London, UK
OPENCUEB 2014, cueB Gallery, London. UK
ExtraOrdinary, Quotidian, Leyden Gallery, London, UK
2013 Sweet 'Art's Freeze, Espacio Gallery, London, UK
Crazivity Pop Up Gallery & Shop, BoxPark Shoreditch, London, UK
The September Show, BAR Gallery, London, UK
Amorphous, The Darnley Gallery, London, UK
The Story of the Creative, See/ Exhibition Space, New York, USA
Stomach, Hoxton Arches, London, UK
Sweet 'Art's Summer Show, Espacio Gallery, London, UK
OPENCUEB 2013, cueB Gallery, London. UK
Valentine's Love-a-Fayre, Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, London, UK
2012 Queery little Xmas Fayre, Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, London, UK
Unhinged Festival Electric Brixton, London, UK
Affordable Art Summer Exhibition, Vibe Gallery, London, UK
The Road Less Travelled, House Gallery, London, UK
2011 Little Benefits, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London, UK
Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair, Candid Arts Trust, London, UK
Cambridge Creative Fair, Unitarian Hall, Cambridge, UK
Flee Market, Corsica Studios, London, UK
Lucky Dip 1.0, Hackney WickED Festival, London, UK
Cluster F*ck, Long White Cloud, London, UK
Squash Box, The Grocery, London, UK
Playtime, Long White Cloud, London, UK
Mixed Media Exhibition, Candid Arts Trust, London, UK
2010 Art Goes Round, Peter Parkers, London, UK
Byam Shaw Degree Show, Byam Shaw School of art at Central St Martin’s, London, UK
2008 Open Studios, Tekniart, Cyprus