Philippa Lawrence - Bound

Cotton wrapped deceased oak Meadow Arts commission, 2009

Philippa Lawrence - Bound

Cotton wrapped deceased oak Meadow Arts commission, 2009

Philippa Lawrence - Bonsai II

Dead bonsai, silk thread Courtesy of the artist

Bound (Croft)

Cotton wrapped, deceased oak tree

Meadow Arts commission, 2009

This monumental 46-foot deceased oak has been wrapped in thin strips of heavy duty cotton drill fabric in a lengthy process that has taken close to a month. With Bound (Croft), Phillipa Lawrence refers not only to the physical act of binding the trees in cloth but also to the closeness experienced while working closely with the tree and in the landscape.

For the artist, wrapping is a meditative act and amounts to 'revealing through concealing'. Surprisingly, the form seems to be released and revealed through the temporary constraint of being bound in red fabric; our attention is drawn to the nature of this majestic tree as if for the first time. The choice of red fabric was instinctual. In this case - listening to the tree as much as telling.

 

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.