Laura Ellen Bacon
Work by Derbyshire artist, Laura Ellen Bacon, is inspired by nests and cocoon-like forms. Currently working with willow and other coppiced materials, she has exhibited in landscape and gallery settings nationwide. Apart from exhibiting and working to commission, Laura also conducts varied creative workshops (including living willow workshops seasonally) in studio, landscape and educational settings.
Nests and cocoon-like forms intrigue me because they are often built directly into existing structures, such as trees or architectural features.
Consequently, I find that my woven work is created on site and literally embraces natural forms or the built environment. I enjoy a direct, physical contact with my work, often creating large-scale work big enough to climb into or pass through in some way. My work is often found to be gripping tree trunks, slumping over walls, entwined with foliage or drooping over frameworks.
I have a fascination with weight and organic growth and intend my forms to appear as if gravity has intervened. I hope viewers have a sense that the forms are perhaps swelling and haven’t finished ‘growing’.
My use of materials is low-tech but intuitive. Processes of accumulation interest me, for example, the creation of a birds nest or the build up of adrift timber on a riverbank.
Varieties of materials and fresh landscapes fuel my work.