Laura Ellen Bacon
‘I use natural materials, en masse. I hope my language of form may feel strangely familiar to the natural world. It is my goal that my work might bring some intrigue into both natural and built environments, creating work that might serve to remind us that nature can still surprise us.’ - Laura Ellen Bacon
Laura Ellen Bacon works with sustainably grown Somerset willow and has developed her own language of tying and interlacing soaked strands of the material to construct biomorphic forms that feel strangely familiar. Laura’s immersive and physically demanding process of making is normally performance and installation based, meaning that her organic bench form represents the beginnings of an entirely new direction in her practice.
Laura’s large-scale works have been included in exhibitions at the Ruthin Arts Centre, Wales; Holburne Museum, Bath; New Art Centre, Wiltshire; Sudeley Castle (Sotheby’s installation); Derby Museum and Art Gallery; and Blackwell – The Arts and Crafts House in Cumbria. In 2017 she was a finalist within the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and in 2010 she was selected as a Jerwood Contemporary Maker. In 2018 her work inspired the composer Helen Grime, whose resulting three-part movement, ‘Woven Space’ was performed at the Barbican by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.