Exposed by Laura Ellen Bacon
On display until 7 November 2012
Laura Ellen Bacon was selected as a Jerwood Contemporary Maker 2010. Her work is site-specific and ecologically sound; she creates large scale ‘morphing’ structures, most often woven in willow or other coppiced materials.
At Blackwell, Laura has created an installation of two large-scale works in red willow. These pieces have been developed in direct response to Laura’s knowledge and experience of Blackwell, its landscape environment and the climate within which it exists. She has created two dramatic curvaceous structures, bonded to the building and the retaining wall of one of the garden terraces. The form of these two ‘clinging’ structures, which span two floors of the external elevation, emphasise their fragility against the relative permanence of the house.
"My large-scale installations are almost always built on site, allowing me to form the works in a way that truly fits its location. I began making my early works upon dry stone walls and evolved to work within trees, riverbanks and hedges, allowing the chosen structure (be it organic or man-made) to become host. Over a decade into my work, my passions have returned to not only merging with dry stone walls, but to the powerful connections with architecture. My work has to fuse with a building to succeed, both aesthetically and practically. The forms I make have such a closeness with the fabric of the building, their oozing energy spills from gutters, their 'muscular' forms nuzzle up to the glass and their gripping weave locks onto the strength of the walls. Whilst the scale and impact varies from striking to subtle (sometimes only visible upon a quizzical double take), I relish the opportunity to let the building 'feed' the form, as if some part of the building is exhaling into the work."
Supported by - Arts Council England