Award Winner

Louisa Johnson

About Louisa Johnson

Working primarily in sculpture, my practice is preoccupied with questions ways of relating to one another through poetic provocations found in the metaphors we assign to ‘stuff’. My work consequently revolves around creating materially rich, chimerical figures incorporating found materials to delineate human character iterated in flecks of substance. As a strategy of disorientation and disturbance, I continually endeavour to marry visual qualities of the exquisite with the grotesque. These hybrid figures existing in sculpture are marginal beings in situations of anxiety, on the edge of a moment of metamorphotic rupture. They are spectacles that flirt with the snags of the sensuous, exploding the assumed boundaries of the grotesque in elastic reworkings of image and text to address the acuteness of being a body.