Philippa Lawrence - Barcode FB814

Meadow Arts commission 2011 at Mortimer Forest. Cotton wrapped trees.

Barcode FB814

Meadow Arts commission, 2011

Cotton wrapped trees

Philippa Lawrence's Barcode: FB814 uses the barcodes from wooden dowelling of the type sold in hardware shops and places the barcode formations on individual trees at High Vinnalls, part of Mortimer Forest in North Herefordshire.

Lawrence refers to how the individuality of each tree contrasts sharply with the uniformity of the commodity that it becomes, the dowelling, and invites the viewer to think about their own relationship with the landscape and the environment.

Recent events have shown how highly people regard Britain's woodland and forest heritage; after a huge public outcry, the government abandoned its plans to sell off woodland and forests to private organisations.

Philippa Lawrence

Philippa Lawrence sees her work as an attempt to assuage some of the feeling of separateness that is part of the human condition. Through her work she sifts and sorts the world and its ‘stuff’, trying to distill a thought or a recognition into a piece that can engage people long enough to make their own associations.

Work ranges from the monumental to the minute, bringing objects and materials together to draw out new possibilities. Whether the work is intimate or large scale, Philippa employs similar repetitive actions to realise it.

Philippa Lawrence is based in Bristol and her work has been exhibited internationally, including shows in Japan, America, Iceland and the Czech Republic. She has had a solo show at Oriel Davies and a major commission for Arts Council Wales.

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