Laura White - studio work

Work in progress for The Precious Clay

Laura White - studio work

Work in progress for The Precious Clay

Laura White - The Esque Collection

Mixed media, 2012. Courtesy the artist.

Laura White - The Esque Collection

Mixed media, 2012. Courtesy the artist.

White Mud

Laura White

Porcelain, metal, wood and paint. Meadow Arts commision, 2018.

Laura White presents a new work, White Mud; a collection of porcelain objects that occupy and explore their own materiality – exposing the elemental material behaviour of this extraordinary 'white matter,' through the artists hands-on manipulation, and the processes and techniques used in the production of porcelain objects, such as casting, handbuilding, glazing and firing. Working with the material’s capabilities and limitations, such as the collapses, breaks and cracks that occur, exposes the vulnerability and strength of the material, while also offering up new and challenging possibilities.

Laura’s installation reflects on the production of porcelain today, such as how the digital environment has impacted porcelain production, from handmade museum collectables to the mass-produced, digitally designed, slip cast crockery we use every day in our homes.

The installation makes reference to the Museum of Royal Worcester’s unique collection. Key objects from the museum have been digitally scanned in order to make 3D printed replicas, which have then been used to make moulds to cast from. Similar moulds have also been made from more familiar, everyday objects, including plastic containers and fashionable household ornaments which, combined with the museum copies, perform a medley of interactions.

Bringing these different types of objects together using the same material conflates different histories and questions how we value objects depending on their materiality and the context in which we come across them – from the museum to the domestic, the perfect to the damaged, and what our expectations are of different materials, in particular porcelain.

This collection of objects is mounted on a bespoke shelving unit which both elevates the work while also grounding it in a workshop ethos, where these individual porcelain pieces have experimentally come into being.

Laura White

Laura White focuses on a negotiation with the world of STUFF, i.e. interactions with materials and objects exploring ideas of value, profile, association, meaning and behaviour of materials, individual - and collections of - objects, and exploring the digital and the physical environments, which are becoming increasingly indistinguishable. Things are explored both as material stuff and anthropological signifiers that are capable of revealing the human condition - vulnerabilities and capabilities, value systems affected by consumerism and material status, and objects/human dependencies. Laura’s works occupy a fluid space, on one hand demanding critical discourse, and on the other their own ambiguous and intuitive logic.

www.laura-white.co.uk

Laura White grew up in Worcester and is an artist based in London.

Recent Solo Exhibitions: Double agents and great refusers, theAgency Gallery London, 2017, The MALAHITE Room. Gallery Cadaqués, Cadaqués, Spain, 2013. We Can Have It All. SPACEX, Exeter, 2012/13. For living, for loving, for loathing. Pollen, Monflanquin, France, 2011. Anxious Glory. Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2010/11. Chromodomo: Laura White. Scratching Walls and Sticky Décor. The Wall House #2, Groningen, Netherlands, 2009. If I had a monkey I wouldn’t need a TV Part 1 & 2. Castlefield Gallery Manchester and Carter Presents London, 2008-09.

Recent Projects/ events: WWW.TENDERFOOT.CO.UK Exploration of Materiality. Launched by QUAD Derby 17/2/17. (Ongoing project.), MARs Materiality – to open up new ways of interacting, thinking and talking about materiality – materiality as the subject rather than a vehicle for the non-material and theoretical. Goldsmiths College, London. 2017

Recent Group Exhibitions: Dissonant Heritage. Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark. 2018, The Superorganism. Gallery Box, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2017, WAYFARING. & Model, Leeds, curated by Laura White, 2016. The Flat Pack Session. Best Practice at Delta House Studios, London, 2016. A Colorful World. Nanjing International Art Exhibition, Nanjing China, 2014. Morphisisation. APT London, 2014. More Than I Dare to Think About: works with paper. Marlborough Contemporary, 2013. London Utd. Kling&Bang, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2013. Couriers of Taste: Contemporary artists explore consumerism and trade. Danson House, London, 2013. Cowboy Style. Marlborough Contemporary, London, 2013.

Publications: Laura White: The Stuff of Images. Castlefield Publications, (Corner House Distribution) ISBN 978-0-9559557-1-6, 2009             

Collections include:

Collection Olor Visual, Barcelona, Spain

Commissions and Residencies include:

POLLEN, Artistes en résidence à Monflanquin, France, 2011, Sandarbh Residency, Belper, Derbyshire, UK, 2009, Kleinsassen Art Gallery, Germany, Internationales Obernkirchener Symposium, Germany, 23rd Iwate-Town International Residency, Japan and Maalot, Israel.