About Laurie Oxenford
Laurie Oxenford (b.1997) is an early career artist, curator and public art producer. Her interdisciplinary spatial practice investigates the navigation and construction of urban spaces. Directed by chance, materiality, site and function, she experiments at the intersection of everyday spatial practices such as architecture, construction, safety, and maintenance. With a focus on non-commercial outcomes and process, Laurie’s work is inherently situation-responsive and subversive.
Blurring the distinctions between the gallery, studio and public space, she actively uses found material to reveal process and everyday urban phenomena. Through an ‘anti-aesthetic’, Laurie critically appropriates, reorganises and alters found functional materials for intervention at public sites.
2022 SWELL ARTWORK – UNSPACES: Anthropic [Concrete] Rocks, Laurie Oxenford
UNSPACES: Anthropic [Concrete] Rocks reveals a new way of navigating public spaces, redirecting attention to remnants of construction, development, and urban-degradation. Through collection, interaction and intervention, the Anthropic Rock becomes a cultural artefact of the anthropocene, shaped by systems and behaviours performed by the public. Over a series of participatory recovery activities, the artist has methodically moved through public space to collect these anthropic rocks. As such, the project becomes a shared act of resistance through public maintenance, care, and exchange.
This project is supported by GENERATE GC, which is a City of Gold Coast initiative delivered in partnership with Tasdance and SITUATE Art in Festivals.
Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 9-18 September.