The term 'my house is your house' is commonly used in New Zealand to suggest a warm welcome. To outward appearances New Zealanders are a nation of warm, hospitable people. But all may not be as cosy as it seems, and it is what goes on behind closed doors that Lysaght draws attention to in My Casa Is Your Casa, a three-dimensional model of a suburban home.
On close inspection, the demons reveal themselves. Lysaght surrounds her cosy model of suburbia with gargoyles. In times gone by, gargoyles were originally placed on a roof to ward off evil spirits, which begs the question - are these demons good or evil?
Lysaght was born and raised in Tauranga, attending Greerton Primary School and later Tauranga Girls' College. She is a self-taught artist who works in a non-traditional style, using everyday, budget materials to create provocative works that direct attention to significant personal issues, and social injustices including disability, aging, poverty and mental illness.
Lysaght is one of New Zealand's foremost social conscience artists and has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and internationally since the early 1980s. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the Chartwell Collection.
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