LAURA FORD: REVEAL AND CONCEAL
We are delighted to support Reveal and Conceal, a new exhibition showcasing current and existing works by Welsh Artist Laura Ford, featuring a reconvening of characters from the past two decades of Laura’s work, as well as a collection of new feline characters Laura has created for this show.
The exhibition is accompanied by a short essay and text written by Hettie Judah. On Laura's work, Judah writes:
‘The children and animals that populate Ford’s sculptural universe are neither children, noranimals, precisely: they perform instead as avatars for feelings or states of various kinds. Ford is often associated with feminist artists of an earlier generation – notably Kiki Smith and Paula Rego – but their casts of birds, beasts and human characters are used to very different ends. Where Smith explores the symbolic and mystic vocabulary of various cultures, and Rego the dark and redemptive powers of fable and fairy tale, you need no knowledge of art historical symbolism to understand Ford’s work. Whether animal or human, her figures instead speak to us at an instinctive level. With the faces masked, or cloaked in elaborate costumes, they are reduced to a kind of raw abstract personhood. We read Ford’s sculptures as we read the body language of living humans, checking for signs of stress, fear, anger, shame or anxiety in the way that they hold themselves and relate to other figures in a group.’
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