Forms of Intrigue and Woven Spaces - Laura Ellen Bacon

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For over a decade Derbyshire artist Laura Ellen Bacon has been making art of a unique and compelling quality.
As she says in her latest book, ” The ambition in my work is to generate a kind of intrigue and an appeal that touches a powerful nerve (perhaps ancient in its origin) that we cannot precisely locate”.
Laura’s work uses mainly willow, weaving large and complex structures outdoors. Initially I see them as nests, large and strange, yet recognisable, and I wonder what kind of creature could have made them. But then the more I look at them, the more mysterious they seem and I am indeed intrigued. They seem to take on alien forms and then seem alive, like creatures. The one at the Arts and crafts house in Cumbria certainly looks to my eyes like an animal scaling the wall.
Laura herself says “as if the work will continue to grow when the viewer’s back is turned ” and even in the book there is an almost hallucinatory sense of movement in much of her works. - See more at: http://www.scarthinbooks.com/scarthinbookshop-recommendations-from-staff-and-local-people-in-cromford-and-derbyshire/forms-of-intrigue-and-woven-spaces/1386/#sthash.brhsmbh7.dpuf

For over a decade Derbyshire artist Laura Ellen Bacon has been making art of a unique and compelling quality. As she says in her latest book, ” The ambition in my work is to generate a kind of intrigue and an appeal that touches a powerful nerve (perhaps ancient in its origin) that we cannot precisely locate”. Laura’s work uses mainly willow, weaving large and complex structures outdoors. Initially I see them as nests, large and strange, yet recognisable, and I wonder what kind of creature could have made them. But then the more I look at them, the more mysterious they seem and I am indeed intrigued. They seem to take on alien forms and then seem alive, like creatures. The one at the Arts and crafts house in Cumbria certainly looks to my eyes like an animal scaling the wall. Laura herself says “as if the work will continue to grow when the viewer’s back is turned ” and even in the book there is an almost hallucinatory sense of movement in much of her works.

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