These sculptures come out of a lifelong fascination with trees amplified during lockdown as Laura fixated on the trees in Hampstead Heath and in the parks and gardens of East London, giving her some release from the pandemonium of the pandemic.
These tall unruly sculptures stretching nearly 3.5 meters high are hand built from the bottom up, layers of coloured silicone rubber separated by tissue paper, resembling both the process of 3D printing and traditional craft methods.
Dead leafless trees support an ecosystem of life well beyond their years and what happens below ground what we cannot see is a network of roots and fungi that connect trees together in a community of unmeasurable proportions. The trees’ ability to connect and store carbon underpins our life and determines our future on this planet.
These sculptures draw attention to our commodification of trees and other natural forms, the pollution that seeps into the environment and the precarious relationship we have with our surroundings.