A B O U T
For the last 20 years or so, whilst travelling extensively making and working in various studios, mobile and static....I have continued to produce art that is more about the message than the medium; so I refuse to settle on a ‘style’ and the limitations on creativity that this may induce. I work in whatever medium expresses my ideas most succinctly.
Sometimes this is with canvas, material or paper, sometimes through sound or film or, (more usually) using and making objects.
I see the making of work as an alchemical process where each process takes the work to its ‘solve coagula’. .I constantly change processes mediums and materials that best suit the particular tale and/or the particular environment; evolving, adapting and clarifying ideas through constant flux to arrive eventually on firm ground. 'Creating a path whilst walking'. Through each critical step from idea to reality, the work is stripped to its most elemental, until it is re formed, transformed, displaying simplicity and intricacy side by side.
There is an intense, heavily worked aspect to most of my work, with many ideas working through and underneath, often shown through repetitive mark making that may or may not be deliberate or random. This mark making translates into my sculpture so that the marks become the intensity of materials used or from the labour intensive process involved.
Drawing is very important to me; I see it as the root of everything that I make. I use it as a laying down of ideas, a brainstorming, a map or a patterning for thoughts. These drawings are often quite large and usually employ a purposely limited palette, which I find helps me to find the bones of the idea and to have less distraction from the form.
A palimpsest of charcoal or ink in lines, dashes, holes, becomes thousands of matches, pins, nails, tiles, erasures and spaces become holes, gaps, rips and tears where every mark made becomes a memento marking a time in the works development and evolution.
Drilling, knotting, netting, weaving, layering, embellishing, polishing, chiselling, such processes endeavour to evoke a response of capture...capture through enthralment, seduction, amusement, curiosity, intrigue.
Alongside my ongoing practice as an artist I am constantly looking and developing new ways both to earn a living that will keep me making and to reach a larger eclectic audience with my art. For example, over the last 4 years I had been developing a commercial venture making custom hand fans (www.No1Handfans.com) as well as exploring ideas about archetypes as they appear in images and in particular through the Tarot. Both these ventures have taught me a great deal about making deadlines, maintaining focus/self motivation and people! I intend to keep focusing on these ideas as well as my other work.
Shows and Awards
My many walkabouts have obviously hindered my ability to show my work over the last 15 years or so but below is an abridged list of shows since leaving the RA Schools.
LATEST UPCOMING SHOW: Thames-Side Studios Gallery: ‘Pretty Ugly'
(19 Jun-4 Jul 2021)
2017 Kings Hill Gallery London Feb – May
2016 Hinterland Gallery Group show ALIENNATION 2016
2016 Wall mounted works at The Stables Gallery and Studios, Tontine Street, Folkestone.
SELFRIDGES Window Installation LONDON
2015 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' For further information: www.sandlaurenson.com
2012 The Big One!
Dates: May 12, 2012 - June 12, 2012
Venue: David Mach RA Studios, London
2005 Sculpture in the Close
Dates: June 1, 2005 - Aug. 1, 2005
Venue: Jesus College Cambridge, Cambridge
www.jesus.cam.ac.uk › ... › Sculpture in the Close › 2005 › Artists
2005 Training Pigeons to Fly (with their heads held high)
Dates: May 16, 2005 - May 20, 2005
Venue: The Prenelle Gallery, West India Dock, London
2004 Platform 100
Dates: Nov. 1, 2004 - Nov. 5, 2004
Venue: ING Bank, City, London
2004 Venue: Beaux Art, Cork Street, London, W1
Dates: Aug. 1, 2004 - Sept. 1, 2004
2004 The Summer Show RA
Dates: June 12, 2004 - Sept. 1, 2004
Venue: The Royal Academy, London, W1
2004 MA Show
Dates: June 10, 2004 - July 15, 2004
Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London
About: Graduation show for 18 students of 3 year Post Grad Fine Art.
Dates: March 4, 2003 - March 6, 2003
Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London
www.royalacademy.org.uk › RA Schools › Exhibitions
2001 In Collaboration with. David Mach RA..
Dates: Oct. 10, 2001 - Oct. 15, 2001
Venue: A T Kearney, London W1
About: David Mach and A T Kearney selected artists to work with him and produce collaborative work for an ambitious exhibition.
Landseer Sculpture prize
Henry Moore Sculpture prize
Bovis travel award
Ray Finnis Trust award
Please inquire to see more about shows and awards.
I am passionate about recycling things...sometime using previous works and often choosing objects that carry the human touch, a memory held, that 'human stain'. Again and again I find myself returning to transforming and perhaps therefore redeeming the disregarded, the everyday object. Clothing, household items, building materials, found things, the mundane, the overlooked, the domestic, the mechanical.
I take inspiration from my own stories and memories intertwined with myths, physics, cosmology, philosophies and more and employ them as a way of trying to negotiate a path through the darkness of my/our inevitably limited understanding.... the horror and fear of our fragility, the awe and wonder of living. While the universe spins and throbs over our heads we go about our business, trying to untangle the everyday aspects of our lives...our dreams and nightmares, the winning, the losing and the trying, lives that turn off and lives that turn on.
Through stories, symbols, archetypes and metaphors we are constantly struggling to find new ways to extract a meaning that can be used as some kind of glue to hold all our parts together. I continue to remain fascinated and inspired in the human condition and our day to day attempts to come to terms with being a minuscule, but perhaps intrinsic part of a mostly unknown, unknowable, immeasurable, silent multi verse and the complex feelings of awe, wonder, fascination, frustration, fear, indifference, resignation and hope that this inspires.
My work is evidence of my personal journey and of what I have seen along the way.
THANK YOU for looking !