Suffolk artist, Laura Beardsell-Moore, will be exhibiting a new collection of paintings in Woodbridge Library from 2-30 November 2016
The exhibition, entitled, ’My county and other animals’ is a response to the natural world and our sometimes difficult relationship with it. Using her unique blend of figurative and abstract elements, Laura explores Suffolk’s rich flora and fauna and the ways that people make an impact on the local environment.
Storytelling is never far from the surface of Laura’s work, so it seems only fitting that her first solo exhibition will take place in a library. Laura explains, ‘I often use the motifs of fairy tales and myths or familiar countryside creatures alongside patterns, shapes or echoes. I like the idea that potential stories are present in the paintings – but there’s no right or wrong way to look at them.’
Even the title of the exhibition has a book theme, alluding to Gerald Durrell’s famous work, ‘My family and other animals’. Laura continued,’I wanted to reference the fact that the exhibition was taking place in a library so it seemed only fitting to give the title a literary twist!’
Having grown up in Elmsett, near Hadleigh, Laura studied art and history of art at the Winchester School of Art in Hampshire, followed by a Masters degree in contemporary art, criticism and philosophy at the University of Essex. After returning to her home county of Suffolk, Laura has continued her art practice and has been influenced by the natural world, often exploring environmental themes too.
Laura says, ‘As an artist you’re always fascinated by what’s happening in the world around you – and I try to make sense of that through art. My work looks at how we interact with other creatures and the environment around us.
‘I have always been enchanted by the local landscape. The natural world plays an important part in my paintings and I think it can tell us something about ourselves too.’
Laura’s paintings also investigate the relationship between figurative and abstract elements. The result is often something that at first glance looks easily recognisable but, on reflection, is playful and questioning.
‘My county and other animals’ will be on display at Woodbridge Library from 2-30 November 2016. For more information, please see www.lbm-art.com/events