Louisa Gagliardi's works deal with the notion of voyeurism. The artist is testing the boundaries of access and restriction, as one might do in everyday life, constantly staring at screens, generating narratives for others while peering into their online presence, longing for something different, seeking brief entertainment or information, but more often being left with a sense of dissatisfaction.
These ideas are additionally reinforced by the substrate used by the artist. The PVC on which the works are printed is more common among the advertising industry than it is in the history of painting. And her paintings are made in Photoshop. She ultimately adds an extra layer of physicality to their surface, using clear or glittery gel medium.
The figures that populate her works are genderless avatars. Navel-gazing and self-absorbed, they exhibit a peculiar lack of will. They seem passive and submissive to their surroundings: well put together yet somber domestic landscapes, with carpeted rooms and soft bed mattresses. A perfect backdrop for a prying eye of a voyeur.
Louisa Gagliardi (b. 1989) studied in Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne ECAL (BA, 2012) and Gerrit Rietveld Academie. She lives and works in Zurich.