My practice is concerned with:
• the crafting of objects, with a particular interest in the multiple
• materials, process, techniques and time
• site and placement
• connection between ideas and people.
My work can be seen as my attempt to assuage some of the feeling of separateness that is part of the human condition. As an artist I feel responsible for sifting and sorting the world and its ‘stuff’ and try to distill a thought or a recognition into a piece that can draw and hold people long enough for them to engage and make their own associations.
Work ranges from the monumental to the minute and I bring objects and materials together to draw out new possibilities. I am equally comfortable making work that is intimate and tiny employing similar repetitive action to render larger scale visualisations.
Materials and techniques are diverse. I have always worked in a cross-disciplinary manner and employ gold leaf, found objects, paper, yarn, neon, lava, sheepskin parchment, photography, cloth and glass.
The First Law of the Conservation of Energy is something I often think about. In this law Einstein stated that energy is neither created nor destroyed but can only be changed from one state to another. I believe that making work is a transmission of energy, the time spent making a piece lends it a life force or anima.
A desire to take work out of a gallery environment into the public realm and to draw attention to the beauty within the everyday is illustrated most visibly in the project 'Bound', which draws upon key elements within my practice.
Cotton wrapped ancient deceased trees across the 13 old counties of Wales.
An ACW Creative Wales Award supported project to identify and wrap an ancient dead tree in each of the 13 old counties of Wales. I wanted to bring art into the natural environment and create something arresting and inspiring. ‘Revealing through Concealing’ this project effected a temporary and effective change in the landscape and drew communities together, bringing renewed awareness of the history of the object. I was interested in questioning boundaries, landmarks and man’s appropriation and use of the land. The project was also about time spent in the landscape - making a physical connection to place.
On a personal level the project was very much about taking time to get to know the landscape and people in the local communities. The binding of the trees’ limbs with cloth took tenacity and care. The work became a meditation upon the past, present and future of our selves in relationship to changing landscapes and on the ‘life’ of these sentinel beings.
CV & Education
2007 - Philippa Lawrence, Glynn Vivian Museum & Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales
2006 - Philippa Lawrence, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales
2001 - Glow, Glynn Vivian Museum & Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales
2011 - Bite-Size, Daiwa Anglo Foundation, London
2011 - Nature Unframed, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
2010 - Spike Open, Spike Island, Bristol
2009 - Spike Open, Spike Island, Bristol
2009 - Tell it to the Trees, Croft Castle, Leominster
2008 - Spike Open, Spike Island, Bristol
2007 - Land, Millennium Centre & University of Glamorgan, Cardiff
2007 - Spike Open, Spike Island, Bristol
2006 - 'Sense in Place', Siteations, Reykjavik, Iceland
2005 - Anima, B312 , Montreal, Canada
2005 - Reiko Ayogai and Philippa Lawrence, House of Art, Cseke Budejovice, Czech Republic
2004 - 14th Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn, Llanduddno
2004 - Arts & Crafts Pavilion, Eisteddfod, Newport
2003 - Explorations, National Botanic Garden of Wales, Camarthen
2002 - Ffresh 3, Chapter Arts Centre & G39, Cardiff
2001 - Glow, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
2000 - In Our Hands, 5th International Art Competition, Kyoto, Japan
2000 - Purchase Prize, Y Bont, Pontypridd
2000 - Welsh Drawing Biennale
1999 - Not For Sale, Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff
1998 - Out of Site, Chapter Arts Centre
1998 - Pistoll/Dryl, G39, Cardiff
1998 - Welsh Drawing Biennale
1996 - Angels and Mechanics, Watermans Art Centre and Riverside Studios, London
1996 - Art Textiles, Bury St Edmunds Gallery
1996 - Revelation, Maidstone Library, Kent
1995 - Context, Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton
1993 - Art in Technology, Royal College of Art
2011 - Barcode: FB814, Meadow Arts, Mortimer forest, Nr Ludlow
2011 - Bound V-57,, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois, USA
2008 - Inner Gateway Sculpture , Memorial Hospital, Llandrindod Wells, Wales
2003 - Explorations, National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthen
2010 - Re:place, Melbourne & Swadlincote, Derbyshire
2003 - Bound, Across the 13 old counties, Wales
Competitions, prizes and awards
2008 - Welsh Artist of the Year , St Davids Hall, Cardiff, Wales
2005 - Production Award, Arts Council of Wales, Wales
2003 - Creative Wales Award, Arts Council of Wales, Wales
2000 - Purchase Prize, University of Glamorgan, Wales
2011 - 'Darning the Land; Seam', Maurice Lea Memorial Park, Swadlincote
2008 - Amelias Magazine
2008 - Embroidery Magazine
2007 - Gardens Illustrated
2007 - Landcape Review
2006 - Breaking Ground
2006 - Philippa Lawrence Catalogue
2006 - Site-ations Catalogue
2005 - Anima, Catalogue
2005 - Re-Imaging Wales
2003 - Imaging Wales