(b. Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, 1962). She lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.
Gayotto received her Masters of Fine Arts from UCLA. She employs a collaborative process of chance operations in the creation of her photography; although her work is highly structured, it is the product of deliberate randomness that explores collaborative processes. Friends, colleagues, and neighbors participate in the process either as subjects or as direct collaborators with an interest in the unexpected results of this unusual symbiotic process and the belief that chance or "randomness" – hence her interest in the work of John Cage - can generate change and open new possibilities.
In "The Towers Apartments #3: What would you be willing to fight for?" (2003) Gayotto invited residents of The Towers Apartments in Los Angeles to create patterns of illumination by turning their lights off and on for seven days according to a survey the artist provided. Gayotto then took photographs of the unknown responses of the residents, making the particulars of her photographs unpredictable. Her Selected group exhibitions include: Armory Northwest Gallery, Pasadena; Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles; Baltimore Contemporary Museum; AbsolutL.A. International Biennial Art Invitational; Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, Univ. of Michigan; LA Culture Net, Getty Information Institute, Los Angeles; Blum & Poe, Santa Monica; Laguna Art Museum, UC Irvine Art Gallery. Grants and Fellowships: Individual Artist Grant, Pasadena Cultural Affairs; UCLA Art Council Grant, Los Angeles. Lecturer: UCLA, Otis College of Art and Design, UC Irvine, Art Center College of Design and most recently at the 2004 São Paulo Biennial.
In the following interview from 2004 curator Donna Conwell speaks to Gayotto about her interest in exploring composition and the history of formalism.