Lorrain Mailer creates fragile sculptures and installations from everyday domestic and humble objects. Inherent are the physical and contextual characteristics of the materials, which she transforms to provoke questions and open a dialogue.
Her practice brings into focus and unpicks subconscious conditioning in British society. This conceals our collective and instinctive drive to survive by conflict and domination. Mailer suggests that humans are predatory by nature and to justify this mankind has sought to find mitigating answers to their actions and the consequences of those actions.
Central to this interpretation is the choice of materials, often unassuming, ephemeral or transparent; to suggest an intuitive, primeval and multi layered feeling. The materials are essential as a metaphor, allowing the viewer to unravel ideas of contemporary discrepancies, double standards and complacency in order to maintain an easy way of life.
The starting point for Mailer is often the repetitious and cyclical nature of human events in both forgotten and established history. Her reference points are the theories and philosophies of Christopher Coker, Michel Foucault and David Hume.