Louise Maher

Louise Maher

Make and Do

As I moved from place to place with my family as a child, I became adept at making the most of my surroundings. I continue to find excitement in the unpredictable appearance of a type of familiar, a ‘familiar’ that we can recognise even in a newly adopted landscape.

Make and Do has developed out of these ideas and experiences. The title reflects my approach to photography. Each photograph consists of an assortment of found elements; once it has been taken the photograph becomes an autonomous space, containing a scene that emphasises chance relationships between seemingly unrelated entities. I am drawn towards traces of improvisation, the presence of craft and the handmade. The individual portraits, landscapes and objects that make up the series reflect these aspects of the world. I hope to present the viewer with an opportunity to investigate and narrate. Make and Do represents freedom, a limitless visual exploration of the environment in which I momentarily belong.