"Louise Saxton Assemblage" video
Louise Saxton is an Australian artist living and working in Melbourne, Victoria. For the past 16 years her practice has centred on reconstructing detritus from the home, including; the re-use of her own paintings; collections of everyday business envelopes and vintage wallpapers; discarded needlework; book illustrations and domestic porcelain. In 2006 Louise was awarded a Sir Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grant to undertake an artist residency at Rimbun Dahan in Malaysia. Since that time her practice has engaged primarily with the reconstruction of domestic needlework, which she regards as a "silent collaboration with the anonymous original makers."
Louise Saxton's work has been included in the 18th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial 2008 which toured Australia until 2010 and in the same year, the joint exhibition dot-net-dot-au (with Tim Craker) toured to Malaysia and Singapore. In 2009 she was represented in Paysage/Voyage, which toured in Europe, to England, France and Holland. In 2012 the artist was awarded a grant from the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria, for the development of her solo exhibition Sanctuary at Heide Museum of Modern Art. In 2013 she held her first commercial solo exhibition, Sanctuary Too at Gould Galleries (now Gould Creative) and was also awarded the 2013 Yering Sculpture Award for her first major sculptural work Let the Jungle In. In 2014 she was the inaugural Australian artist at 360 Xochi Quetzal Artist Residency, on Lake Chapala in Mexico. She was included in The New Textiles in 2014 and Intoxicating Textiles in 2016, at Mobilia Gallery in Boston, USA. The artist held her second solo exhibition titled WILD, at Gould Galleries in November 2015 and is working towards her third solo show with the gallery. She is also working on a major installation titled "The Linen Project" which will be presented at the renowned local government gallery, The Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorn, October-December 2018. This installation will celebrate the materiality of linen and investigate its role in caring for home and community. The project is being developed through an artist residency at Caritas Christi - St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.
Louise Saxton's work is held in regional, state collections in Australia and private collections in Australia, Malaysia, India and the USA. She is represented by Gould Creative in Australia and Mobilia Gallery in the USA.