Elaine Campaner: Christmas Island, From The Series Lapped

Art Artwork from Australia. Published by M.C.A. on Tuesday 30 September 2014.

Elaine Campaner: Christmas Island, From The Series Lapped  image

Elaine Campaner photographs scenes she constructs from everyday, domestic objects – knick-knacks, painted plates, dolls and other toys.

Their stark transformation within potent scenarios result in often subversive works that reveal a hidden dimension within everyday materials, a sometimes sinister edge to the throwaway items of material culture: “I have for the most part used objects found in the ordinary detritus of everyday life. I like that I can respond to the politics of the outside world with the everyday stuff of my domestic existence.”

This approach is apparent in christmas island, part of the series lapped, which conveys the isolation of Pacific Island internment camps, the anonymity of their holding cells and the plight of the so-called ‘boat people’.