Ford provides us with acutely graphic renditions of human emotion, mental and physical. Her imagery is all about remembering and giving memory clarity.
- Dr. Penelope Curtis
Laura Ford (b.1961) creates imaginative and fantastical figures - often in bronze - that are simultaneously endearing, alluring and uncanny. Using soft fabrics and found objects to create the unique shapes and composition of her figures that she subsequently casts, Ford's resulting bronze sculptures depict characters that sit on the precipice of a dream and nightmare. Indeed, the blackened bronze patina that Ford frequently creates adds greatly to this sense of foreboding.
The sculpture Bird Boy is currently part of the public project, 'The Line' in London. 'The Line' is London's first dedicated modern and contemporary art walk and the route runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2, following the waterways and the line of the Meridian.
Armour Boys, an iconic piece she made as a result of a residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop consists of a group of child-size knights in armour apparently fallen in battle and was first shown at Roche Court in 2006. In 2008 Ford 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.
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 toured to Abbot Hall Art Gallery from 11 March - 25 June 2016, and at Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, Cumbria from 11 March - 4 September 2016.
More recent presentations of Ford's work include 'Animals and Us', a group show at Turner Contemporary in 2018, the solo exhibition'Squatters at Castell Coch', which took place at the iconic Welsh Castle in 2019.
Ford represented Wales in the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 and notable solo shows have taken place at the Camden Arts Centre; the Arnolfini, Bristol, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Connecticut, USA. Her work resides in many public collections including the Government Art Collection, the Tate Collection, National Museums and Gallery of Wales, The Meijier Gardens, Grand Rapids, USA and The Gateway Foundation, St. Louis, USA. Ford studied at Bath Academy of Art (1978-82) and was awarded her MA by Chelsea School of Art (1982-83).