Recognised internationally as one of the UK’s leading sculptors, Laura Ford has exhibited widely internationally and represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Influenced by Surrealism and filmmakers such as Jean Cocteau and David Lynch, Ford’s often figurative work are faithful representations of fantasy with a melancholic, sometimes dark, undertone.
In 2008 Ford produced new large scale works in bronze for her first solo exhibition at the New Art Centre, which included three fairytale espaliered trees with human feet and legs, cast in bronze. Subsequently she was commissioned by Turner Contemporary, Margate to make Rag and Bone, a series of bronze sculptures based on characters from the stories and illustrations of Beatrix Potter, which was later shown with Contemporary Art Society at the Economist Plaza, London. Ford intended them to explore the issues around “the sanitized spaces of consumerism and the homeless and disenfranchised who often exist on their margins”. This was followed in quick succession by a new commissioned work The Weeping Girls for Jupiter Artland in Scotland.
Ford’s numerous exhibitions include her most recent shows Laura Ford’s Major Anythewiser at Pilane Sculpture Park, Sweden 2015, Days of Judgement Cats, Sculpture in the City 2015, London, The Azerbaijan Pavillion at the 56th Biennale di Venezia 2015 and Laura Ford at Strawberry Hill, Twickenham 2015. Ford is represented by Christian Scheffel of Galerie Scheffel in Bad Homburg, Germany and is currently working on a major commission with Willis Newson for Southmeads hospital in Bristol and Universitatsklinikum Heidelberg, Germany.