The Origin of Form



The Origin of Form will be a national initiative curated and managed by Living Art. Open to all, we are going to work alongside most of the UK's art colleges to challenge students to contribute work that has clearly been inspired by the natural world.

Examples of Inspiration could include, but are not restricted to: the mathematical patterns of a flower head; the mathematical form of a seashell; the dendritic patterns of a silver birch tree or umbellifer; the transient, soft ripples that are left after the sea has retreated.
The Origin of Form will run as a competition culminating in a touring exhibition of the winning works. The competition will be open to professional and amateur artists as well as art students. The competition will be open to the cross section of disciplines, including graphic design, applied arts, sculpture, printmaking, land/earth art, audio visual, and fine art. 


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.

Artist's Statement

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.