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.
The ‘Spurt’ series grow uniformly upwards. The actions used in the larger works rely on Laura’s entire upper body to shape them whereas these works are a gesture between finger and thumb, reducing the movement of her body and miniaturizing the works.
Photographs courtesy of Frederick McDonald, Informailty gallery.