Laura Hathaway
Visual Artist


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An assembly of marks and materials is an inward reflection of an innate need to control her own nature. An attempt at creating a sense of calm, order, balance and precision within the chaos.

 

Examining the properties and absorbency of pigments and oils against surfaces; focusing in on the effects of layering, opacities and manipulation, Laura's practice explores the visual language of marks.

Investigating how paper and ink respond to different materials she transforms two dimensional prints and paintings into three dimensional forms. 

At the heart of this creative exploration is her interest and intuitive pull towards experimental process - with the aim of challenging her own and others traditional ideas of painting and print making.

Painting directly onto a surface with her hands, the physicality of pressing, smearing and transforming ink, glass and paper captures feelings and movements. Probing expressive potential and the role of chance, the works transform through unexpected and accidental outcomes. Exploring mark making as a material product of the body, creating organic and delicate compositions, the role of the unconscious is paramount to her process, which is intuitive, intense and spontaneous.

These abstract expressions are finally put through a process of assemblage. Which, over time has evolved into a ritualistic technique of placing elements of wood, paper and glass together, repeatedly moving and re-adjusting materials before finally settling on a composition.
 

The work is a juxtaposition between spontaneity, chaos and a universal feeling of a need for control.


Laura Hathaway (b. Birmingham 1988) Laura trained at Falmouth University completing a BA in textile design with a specialism in hand embroidery, graduating in 2011. In 2013 she was selected to be an artist in resident participating in the Jubilee Stores 'Start Up Studio Program', funded by Arts Council England and in 2017 was shortlisted for the Jerwood Artist Bursary Award. She has exhibited regularly in London, including The Arthub Gallery and Vyner Street Gallery, in New York at Rochester Contemporary Art, as well as Aspex Gallery Portsmouth and had her first solo exhibit in 2016 at K6 Gallery Southampton. In 2017 Laura was a selected artist involved in the install and running of 'Cardboard Castle' a purpose built interactive installation commissioned by Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival. New works were also selected and pieces commissioned to participate in 'IM IN THE GARDEN' a show and public installation curated by artist Jo Hummel-Newell and supported by Ryde Arts Festival and Arts Council England. Most recently Laura was nominated as an exceptional early-career artist and shortlisted by Jerwood Charitable Trust for a selected exhibition and funding.

 

 

"My line is childlike but not childish. It is very difficult to fake... to get that quality you need to project yourself into the child's line. It has to be felt". Cy Twombly