A B O U T
Sand's arrival into art as a full-time venture was later in life than usual and so she has had many different roles and paths since leaving school at 15. Work and family took up much of her time over the next 20 years, but later when the pull of making art became undeniable, she finally made a life changing decision to develop the art she had been making now and then, gain an education in art and find the opportunity to make it a priority.
Six years later and soon after completing her BA in Fine Art at Middlesex, Sand was accepted as a scholarship student in 2004 for a 3 year's Masters in Fine Art at the Royal Academy Schools London as 1 of 18 students accepted worldwide, and at 42 the oldest student to be accepted on the 3 year course.
Her path may have taken the long way around but Sand understands that the life experiences she had before and after her studies continues to be imperative in informing everything that she makes. Therefore, though not purposefully autobiographical her work will always contain a seed from her ideas, fascinations, obsessions and the many events that have marked her life.
Since leaving the RA in 2004 Sand has also followed another much-desired path to run alongside her making, that of travelling whenever possible, passing through, working and living in foreign places. Throughout her travels over the last 15 years or so she has continually made work, paintings, sculpture, drawings etc. Most of this work, out of necessity and circumstance was discarded along the way but much of her available work, most of it unseen until now, is informed by the people, places and events that she encountered along her winding way.
Shows and Awards
My many 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.
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 work in whatever medium I think expresses my ideas at a particular time most succinctly and always in a way that responds to whatever current circumstances I find myself in. Fluidity and flux.
Alongside my ongoing practice as a fine 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 3 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.
From 2004 until Covid hit I have tried to balance working in various functions to fund my making, staying as long as it took to fund another creative trip. For many years, I have been precariously balancing family commitments, traveling, working and living creatively in different places and cultures.
I find travelling through different places and cultures deeply satisfying and inspirational for my work. With this in mind I am continually thinking about and developing ideas that will allow me to produce ongoing sellable work that is fulfilling and available for the greatest number of people possible. Online is the answer. If I achieve this I hope to be able to continue surviving as a practicing artist approaching 'retirement'.
In my main art practice, there is an adamant, relentless, intense and 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 profuse mark making translates into my sculpture so that the marks become the intensity of materials used or from the labor-intensive process involved.
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 often incorporate drilling, knotting, layering, embellishing, using such processes to evoke a response, to capture....capture through enthrallment, seduction, amusement, curiosity, intrigue. I hope, in this way that my work entices the viewer to look and then to stay looking in an attempt to delve deeper, to want to understand, to unravel and find the story behind the work, the purpose, the intent within the thing presented.
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.