Boni Cairncross is an interdisciplinary artist based in regional NSW, Australia. Her current practice is an investigation of the cultural and political dimensions of the human sensorium. She has two main interests within this broad approach: how do cultural understandings of the senses mediate experience, and how do valuations of the senses inform material practices? Her work often employs durational performance and textile processes, but has also incorporated installation art and real-time documentation methods.
Boni has performed and exhibited widely throughout Australia including at Underbelly Arts Festival, Ideas Platform – Artspace, Bus Projects, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Sawtooth and PICA. Recently she travelled to France as a collaborating artist in Sara Morawetz’s durational performance Etalon (2018). In 2019, Boni is undertaking an artist residency with Aquetopia Foundation in Oaxaca, Mexico to explore screen printing with natural inks.
Alongside her art practice, Boni is also an early career researcher. She recently submitted a PhD in Creative Practice (UNSW) that investigated the impact of the five-sense hierarchy on visual art and performance art through scholarly and artistic research. She has presented this research at local and international conferences organised by the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) and Performance Studies International (PSi). As a research assistant for Dr. Caroline Wake, she has been working to digitise the Performance Space’s archive and has been conducting quantitative research into Sydney’s performance ecology.
She is currently lecturing in Visual Art at the University of Wollongong and Design at the University of New South Wales.