Dr Laini Burton
Dr Laini Burton is a visual artist and scholar at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University where she convenes Studio Art and Honours at the Gold Coast Campus. Her research centres on body politics, fashion theory, bio-art and design and performance art. In these areas she focuses on the historical dimension and contemporary applications of new/digital media technologies in art and design practice, writing on topics such as embodiment, technology and biotechnologies, and the shaping of identities through creative practices.
Laini’s publications include ‘Abject Appeal and the Monstrous Feminine in Lady Gaga’s self-fashioned persona “Mother Monster”’, and ‘Nobody’s fool: Power and agency in performing “The Blonde”’ which was included in the book Fashion as Masquerade: Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty (University of Chicago Press) which she guest edited with Professor Efrat Tseëlon (University of Leeds, UK) and Professor Emerita of Sociology Diana Crane (UPenn, US). In 2015, her chapter titled 'Evolutionary Scents: Lucy McRae's Swallowable Perfume' will be published in The Body Beautiful: Identity, Performance, Fashion and the Contemporary Female Body (InterDisciplinary Press), and her essay 'Gagging Beauty' will be published in Beauty: Exploring Critical Issues. Further, she has a forthcoming chapter in the text What is Performance Art? (Power Publications, USYD, AU).
As the convenor for Studio Art in the Bachelor of Digital Media, she designs and delivers curricula on contemporary art and design, fashion and visual culture across first, second and third year undergraduate courses. Laini supervises Honours candidates and at postgraduate level, she supervises PhD, DVA and Masters research candidates whose areas of investigation align with her own research interests. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Griffith Award for Excellence in Teaching, ‘Early Career Award’. Laini maintains an active membership with Industry organisations AAANZ, CAA, POPCAANZ and NAVA.
As a practicing artist, Laini was included in a major survey of contemporary female Australian and Indian practitioners in the Open Program of the inaugural 2012 Kochi Muzuris Biennale, India. Other recent exhibitions include Mythopoetic: Women Artists from Australia and India (2013-4) and BELT (2014).
More details of Dr Laini Burton’s publications and research profile can be found on Griffith's Research Hub.
Bio-art and design
Fashion and identity