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On work

My work can be hard to categorise! While studying at The Royal Academy I refused to settle on a ‘style’ because of the limitations that this may have impose on my creativity; I work in the medium that expresses my ideas most succinctly. Sometimes this is with canvas, other times with sound or film, but most often with object making.

I am passionate about recycling things and I like to use previous work as well as objects that carry human touch and hold memory. Again and again I find myself returning to transform everyday objects.

I use paint in the same way I use all materials: in a non-traditional sense. I use it to obtain a texture or a sculptural property, rather than to represent and so I mostly work with surfaces such as velvet and rubber as well as canvas.

Drawing is also very important to me; I see it as the root of everything that I make and use it to create maps of thought."



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. 

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: 

2012 The Big One! 

 Dates: May 12, 2012 - June 12, 2012 

Venue: David Mach RA Studios, London facebook/thebigone/havelockwalk/London/2012 


2005 Sculpture in the Close 

 Dates: June 1, 2005 - Aug. 1, 2005 

Venue: Jesus College Cambridge, Cambridge › ... › 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 

Group Show 


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. 


2003 Premiums 

 Dates: March 4, 2003 - March 6, 2003 

Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London › 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. 

On becoming an artist

My first memory of making was at 4 or 5, sitting in front of a mountain of white paper and drawing, drawing, always drawing.

Since leaving school my career path has varied, mostly due to necessity than preference. Environmental factors, opportunities and finances are not always available to make a viable career as an artist. However, I have always created art under the strangest circumstances because I was compelled to. I always made things - whether it was painting pets or family portraits for friends, writing and illustrating stories for my children or printing my own films - whilst working and running a family home.

For me, being an artist is an amalgamation of intellect, craft and the ability to communicate to a viewer what is seen or imagined. Studying Fine Art added an intellectual component to my art practice.

I started to call myself an artist with a capital A around 15 years ago, when I began to understand my motivation. For me, it’s more than having the right lifestyle or the coolest studio and moving in the right circles. I do what I do because I am compelled to.

I have a strong desire for change and that is why travel is so important to me - it’s a way of letting go of material things and everything seems brighter, amplified and simplified. In a country where I understand none of the spoken language, I am compelled to observe until my eyes ache! 

Artist sand laurenson Travelling


1997 - 2000 BA.(Hons ) Fine Art

Middlesex University LONDON

2001-2004 MA Fine Art

Royal Academy Schools LONDON

Sand laurenson Royal Academy Schools Lon

On inspiration

I remain fascinated by the human condition and take inspiration from science, history, politics, philosophy, myth and popular cuture.

While the universe throbs over our heads we all struggle to untangle aspects of our lives - our dreams, nightmares, winning, losing, trying. Through archetypes and metaphors we strive to find new ways to extract meaning and hold all our parts together. Making work is glue for me.

My Curiosity to try and understand powers my day to day attempts to come to terms with being a minuscule, but perhaps intrinsic part of a mostly unknown, unknowable, immeasurable, multi verse and the complex feelings of awe, wonder, fascination, frustration, fear, indifference, resignation and hope that this inspires. 

My awe is in the similarities that exist in our dimension between the micro/macro, particles and multiverses, light/black holes, a virus/a sea creature, a grain of sand, a planet. Connections, patterns, as above so below.

My Hope is that through symbol and metaphor I can evoke a response of capture, make a connection. I use a recurring motif, usually a circle, as a symbol, a signifier, a switch, that turns the work into whatever the viewer is open to see. ...capture through enthrallment, seduction, amusement, curiosity, intrigue.  

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