Ulvi Haagensen’s practice is based on the everyday and the quotidian. With a background in drawing and sculpture, her work investigates the lines and overlaps between art and everyday life. Through art-making and performances that centre around mundane domestic tasks she merges embodied practice with everyday aesthetics and the notion of the bricoleuse, an inventive maker who works with whatever is available. Her aim is to blur and confuse the borders, to muddy the waters between tools and ornaments, art objects, and functional objects, playing or doing something for real, the ordinary and the extraordinary, the overlooked and noticed, in order to debunk the idea of lines that separate and divide.
Ulvi was born Sydney, Australia, studied at City Art Institute (BA), Randwick TAFE (Jewellery Design Certificate), COFA–UNSW (MFA) and is currently a PhD candidate at Estonian Academy of Arts. She has been based in Estonia since 1999 but travels to Sydney, every now and again. In 2018 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.
Ulvi Haagensen has shown work in Australia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, South Korea and Sweden, and her work is held in public collections in Australia and Estonia.