Our on-going Australian Artists in Residence project supported by the Australia Council for the Arts has been running since January 2010, and continues with the arrival of Louisa Dawson.
Louisa Dawson’s residency project at The Royal Standard aims to connect Liverpool’s post-industrial social and urban landscape with the history and architecture of indoor swimming pools. She aims to contrast today’s trends of eviction, redevelopment and urban renewal, with people’s association and affinity to the swimming pool. In her sculptures she modifies industrial and domestic objects, such as rubbish skips, suitcases, ladders and tables, to juxtapose their form and function by creating absurd and ironic sculptures.
Louisa completed a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. She was a guest student at the Academy of Art Dresden (HfBK), Germany in 2004. In 2007, she received a studio residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York, from the Australia Council for the Arts.
Recently, Louisa Dawson has produced new work for a show called ‘End Cycle’ at the Fallout Factory, with Jamil Yamani. Their works explore narrative and social history by looking at the notion of cycle. Jamil’s installation maps video footage into a wall that is in demise with 'end of the world' narratives. Louisa's sculptural work juxtaposes everyday objects of washing cycles and swimming pools to connect issues of hygiene, luxury and domesticity.
The exhibition runs from the 5th of October to the 13th of October.
Fallout Factory, 97 Dale St, Liverpool
Open 11am-5pm, Monday-Saturday