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. Within this broad approach, she has two main points of focus: how cultural understandings of the senses mediate experience, and how 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 Arquetopia Foundation in Oaxaca, Mexico to explore screen printing with natural inks.
Boni was awarded a PhD in Creative Practice (Performance Studies) from the University of New South Wales in 2019, and a BCA (Visual Arts) with first class honours from the University of Wollongong in 2011. Her practice-based PhD research investigated the impact of the five-sense hierarchy on the production and reception of visual art and performance art. 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).
Boni is currently a sessional lecturer in Visual Art at the University of Wollongong and Design at the University of New South Wales.