“Among other seeming bric-a-brac, Mikala Dwyer’s nest and its décor are fabricated from oversized versions of Bauhaus designer Alma Siedhoff-Buscher’s famous 1920s minimalist, modular children’s toy building blocks. Notoriously antagonistic to fairy tales as “a burden for small brains,” Siedhoff-Buscher steered child’s play toward training in the rationality and lucidity of engineered construction – of society and even cosmos as well as of the built environment.
But Dwyer’s nest entangles this didactic lexicon with darker, feral fantasies of creation. Golden eggs are brick-like droppings. Bronzed tree branches suggest withered vine shoots, as well as fossilised, fierce talons. Anality, mortality and macabre comedy overtake any proposition of nature and architecture being in some symbiotic or sustainable harmony.”
–An excerpt from Edward Colless, The Sandman is Coming, Art Collector magazine, July-September 2021
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