My practice explores the realm of the everyday where I displace the functions of everyday objects in a number of ways. Strategies include re-contextualising everyday objects from their ‘natural’ sites or places: placing objects where they are not meant to go, using scale to exaggerate recognisable objects, or through critical and absurd juxtaposition. I have suggested new possibilities for objects such as dumpsters, suitcases, ladders, swimming pool accessories and garden hoses. I often use humour and irony to create absurd and sometimes ambiguous connections, which I believe present multiple interpretations of my work to a wide section of the community. I take the everyday environment and makes it strange in ways which are playful, contemporary, and inclusive.


Louisa Dawson©2007