Domestic Bliss


Luke Temby, SpongeBob, 2016, scourer, glass beads, cotton thread, 10 x 15 cm

Taking SpongeBob Squarepants and a obsession with cleaning products as a starting point, Domestic Bliss is a solo exhibition of new works by Sydney-based artist Luke Temby (CUPCO), curated by Sophia Cai, that explores dual ideas of domesticity and the unexpected joys of the mundane. By using common household items, handcrafted techniques like sewing and embroidery, and coupling them with recognisable pop icons and cartoon characters, Temby’s exhibition critically yet playfully considers the commodification of the everyday, as well as exploring gendered divisions of domestic labour and the image of a stereotypical housewife.

Luke Temby (aka CUPCO) is a Sydney-based artist known for his signature brand of pop-inspired art that at once celebrates and satirises the ludicrous nature of modern society. Temby is heavily influenced by Japanese culture and aesthetics, having lived and worked there for many years. Using handcrafted techniques such as sewing and embroidery, Temby’s work contrast a ‘cute’ aesthetic with edgy, controversial and transgressive content.

October 21 – November 12th at Little Woods Gallery, 1 Langridge Street, Collingwood, VIC 3066.