Over the past two years Laura’s materially engaged practice has brought into focus her relationship with nature, specifically looking at trees and fungi, and the connectability through mycelium. Her works respond both visually and scientifically to the way trees and fungi grow, such as ideas of adaption and change in relation to the immediate surroundings, opposed to a fixed plan that gets realized. For example, sculptures built up using layers of material, each layer responding to the layer below and nothing else.
Pollute Volute : Adaptive 1 and 2 are unruly sculptures stretching nearly 2.5 meters high hand built from the bottom up, layers of coloured silicone rubber supported in the process by wound rope until the material dries. These works resemble both the process of 3D printing and traditional craft methods.
Photographs courtesy of Frederick McDonald, Informailty gallery.