Laura Ford studied at Bath Academy of Art (1978-82) and at Chelsea School of Art (1982-83). Soft fabrics, materials and found objects usually make up Ford's work, creating figures from the imagination or fantasy. They have an uncanny feel about them as if they are somehow plunged into a world of nightmare or adult struggle. Armour Boys, a piece she made as a result of a residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop consisted of a group of child-size knights in armour apparently fallen in battle and was shown at Roche Court in 2006. In 2008 she produced new work in bronze for her first solo exhibition at the New Art Centre, including three fairy-tale espaliered trees with human feet and legs, cast in bronze. For her body of work 'Days of Judgement' shown at Roche Court 24 November 2012 - 3 Feb 2013, her starting point was Masaccio's fresco 'The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden'. In Ford's postlapsarian vision, however, the characters of Adam and Eve are reconfigured as a group of very tall, skinny cats covered from head to foot in black fabric.
From 20 June - 31 October 2015, Laura Ford exhibited at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, their first exhibition of contemporary art in the grounds and house, curated by New Art Centre Director Stephen Feeke. Laura Ford's work was particularly well-suited to the history and atmosphere of Strawberry Hill, its Gothic architecture and the sensibilities of its creator, Horace Walpole. The exhibition is currently showing at Abbot Hall Art Gallery from 11 March - 25 June 2016, and at Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, Cumbria from 11 March - 4 September 2016.
She was included in the British Art Show 5, 2000, and represented Wales in the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Solo shows include Camden Arts Centre; Arnolfini, Bristol, the Royal Scottish Academy and Turner Contemporary, Margate, touring to the Economist Plaza in 2007. Her work is represented in many public collections including the Government Art Collection and Tate. She lives and works in London.
Recent articles on Laura Ford:
The Independent, 'Laura Ford, sculptor', by Karen Wright