Photo by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd
About the Sculptor
British Sculptor, Laura Ellen Bacon (born 1976) works raw materials into large-scale or ‘human-scale’ artworks, in both interior and landscape settings.
Working with predominately natural materials and her bare hands, her works embrace, surround or engulf architectural and natural structures.
Her work has been described as ‘startling but beckoning’; ‘monumental yet intimate’; ‘frenzied yet calm’. Laura’s particular use of materials emerges from a compulsive desire to work them into a formed space of some kind, using a language of materials that seems strangely familiar to the natural world.
“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. I am still powerfully driven to create spaces of some kind and over a decade into my work, my passions continue to merge creatively with architecture.
The forms that I make have a closeness with their host structure or the fabric of a 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 a building ‘feed’ the form, as if some part of the building is exhaling into the work.”
Within and beyond the UK, Laura’s work is created for both private, business and public spaces and has been seen in places such as Chatsworth, Somerset House, New Art Centre and Saatchi Gallery. Her work has also been included within curated events for Sotheby’s, the Jerwood Space, COLLECT and Bloomberg.
Publications including Country Life, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times have detailed her work.
Working study, Laura Ellen Bacon