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Show RCA 2019

Maria Pace

Show RCA work

Major project:

The Unraveling of the Cross

The project explores the Maltese Cross as a figurative representation of the identity of the island of Malta. The church of the Jesuits in the capital city Valletta is transformed into an exhibition space which explores and communicates the heritage, belief systems and norms that are semantically embodied by this symbol. 

Taking the eight points of the cross as a starting point, the significance and meaning behind it in relation to Malta is analysed and broken down into four themes – Shifts, Facades, Resilience and Community.  These subsequently inform and inspire the core of the exhibition. In this exhibition, the unraveling of the meaning behind the cross, slowly leads the way to the unraveling of the form which attains spatial dimension inside the church, further communicating the significance behind such a celebrated national symbol.


  • Previous degrees

  • BDes (Hons) Interior & Environmental Design, University of Dundee, 2017
  • Experiences

  • Internship, Alex Bigeni Architect & Civil Engineer, Malta, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • RCA Work in Progress Show, The Royal College of Art, London, 2019; Erbatax-il Vers, Splendid, Valletta, 2018; RCA Work in Progress Show, The Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Graduate Show, University of Dundee, Dundee, 2017
Royal College of Art