Approved: 16.08.2006

Philippa Lawrence

Approved: 16.08.2006

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

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  • Location: Bristol, BS6 1UX, South West
 

Biography

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. Bound 2003-2006 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

Solo exhibitions 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 Group exhibitions 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 Public commissions 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 Projects 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 Site specific 2011 - 'Darning the Land; Seam', Maurice Lea Memorial Park, Swadlincote Publications 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