Image credit: A Scolaro terrazzo tile mould. Photography by Rebecca Mansell
Penny Bovell and Gabby Howlett: Underneath / Overlooked
TOURING WITH ART ON THE MOVE 2024-26
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST OPEN
Touring June 2024 — January 2026
Postwar Italian immigrants Giuseppe and Anna Scolaro from Capo d’Orlando founded the Universal Tile Factory, once located in Blinco Street Fremantle (c1950-1973). Giuseppe, a skillful and talented artisan, produced a range of decorative terrazzo tiles that combine vibrant mixes of pigment and Italian marble, complex patterns and patinas that become more lustrous with age.
Underneath/Overlooked began as a search for the remaining houses and civic buildings still blessed with these special floors and became an art project featuring vibrant reproductions of the Scolaro’s tile patters on silk, an interactive pattern-making game, and a photographic record of the lives of those who call these unique spaces home today.
Underneath/Overlooked celebrates Giuseppe and Anna’s unique visual vocabulary and their contribution, like many immigrant families, to the design heritage of Western Australia. It explores the art of repeat pattern, of terrazzo, and of making a house a home.
Originally presented for the City of Fremantle’s 10 Nights in Port Festival, Underneath/Overlooked is an interactive exhibition that can be scaled in size, suitable for a variety of spaces and places where overlooked design histories – and potentially more Scolaro houses – can be unearthed.