Karachi, Pakistan in 1968.
She is daughter of an Austrian mother and Canadian father. At age 23 she moved to London to study art at Goldsmiths University of London. In her student years she participated in several collective exhibitions in London: Hit & Run (Tufton Street, London, 1992), Infanta of Castile (Goldhawk Road, London, 1993) and Fast Surface (Chisenhale Gallery, London, 1993).
A year after graduation, she had her first solo exhibition, Picture Gallery, at the Science Museum, London, 1995. After exhibiting for the first time outside London in 1996, she has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Naples Donna Regina (MADRE), the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA), the Contemporary Art Centre of Tel Aviv, etc.
In 1997 she moved to Berlin after receiving a grant from the Philip Morris Foundation and the Künstlerhaus Beth. In 1998 she participated in Minimalismus exhibition organised by Akademie der Künste in the German capital.
In 2002 she won the prestigious Paul Hamlyn.
This artist finds inspiration in the ready-made concept created by Marcel Duchamp and combines it with minimalism and conceptual art. Her self-reflexive work is characterised by the clarity of thought and elegant presentation of concise ideas. Her unique sense of humour and appreciation for the absurd gives her work an ambiguous simplicity. She creates works in which the title plays a key role by explaining both the object and the creative process.
She frequently uses ready-made objects to explore the dialectical tension between the literal and the mundane. Ready-made art or found art, invented by Surrealism is based on the use of objects that are not normally considered art because they have a non-artistic purpose but are combined with one another to create an assembly. They call attention to everyday objects and forgotten activities.
Floyer also forces viewers to rethink their perception of the world by changing the perspectives from which her compositions are conceived. She inverts the relationship between the work and the viewer and between the work and its context. She strives to create a friendly, intimate atmosphere with the viewer using the appropriate methodology and technology.
She says she sometimes considers herself an interpreter of reality and imagination, of what she hears and sees, of the past life of an object.
Her works are housed in such prominent museums as the Tate Modern in London and the MOMA in New York.
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
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