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, care and process, Laurie’s work is inherently situation-responsive and subversive.
Blurring the distinctions between the gallery, studio and public space, she actively alters found material to reveal process and everyday urban phenomena by intervening at public sites.
Laurie Oxenford grew up on Bigambul Country and currently practices in the Yugambeh language region. She completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Spatial Construction) at the University of Southern Queensland before being awarded the Bellmaine French Appreciation Travelling Scholarship (2018). She then participated in a Professional Attachment with the City of Gold Coast (2019) and Art-Work Agency. In 2021 Laurie exhibited her sixth solo exhibition ‘FORCES OF PRODUCTION’ after a three month period as the LOCAL A.I.R at The WALLS GC, Gold Coast (2021). She was recently commissioned by the Home of the Arts (HOTA), Gold Coast to realise a site-specific wall painting.
She is the Public Art Officer at Art-Work Agency and was previously the Lead Curator at First Coat Studios, Toowoomba (2017–18). Laurie is a part of the Generate GC program and is on the Board of Directors for Murals for Change.
Laurie is a current member of artist collective, PUBLIC PALACE, co-founded with Grace Dewar in 2021. Their recent collaborative and curatorial projects include Objects as Social Practice at The Field ARI, Medium Rare: Discount Pool Supplies via The WALLS GC, TOTAL PROCESS at Floating Land Festival and ‘IT’S ONLY A GIFT (IF YOU SEE IT AS A GIFT)’ at Outer Space Brisbane.