In the earlier part of 2008 Laura Johnson was working and living in Omaha, Nebraska, USA where she was involved in a three-month residency program at the Bemis Centre for Contemporary Arts. Omaha is a classic Midwestern mecca, for among other things, fairylights. It was in response to this setting that Johnson begun ‘drawing’ in fairylights. From their kitsch beginnings Johnson’s work is now complex formally, with multiple strings and colours and flashing rhythms, and whose content is high-minded. What Johnson has successfully animated are commonplace things, fairylights and sticky tape, and she has, like the Arte Povera or Neo-Dada, found art in impoverished material.