Laura Ford: Weeping Girls 2008
“A friend of mine told me a story about a fantastic tantrum his daughter had had where she was inconsolable whilst at the same time watching herself and the effect she was having in the mirror.
The site I have picked at Jupiter has a quiet melancholic atmosphere and I felt it was the perfect place to introduce some unnecessary drama in the style of the story above. What I have made for Jupiter are 5 little girls dressed up as sculptures in positions of high drama which animate the landscape they inhabit.”
Laura Ford was born in Wales in 1961 to a family of showmen who travelled the fairground circuit. She went to Bath Academy of Art 1978-1982 and Chelsea School of Art and Design (1982-1983). Soft materials, fabrics and found objects are what she uses to create surreal figures from the imagination or fantasy. These figures have a strange sort of reserve, on the one hand they are screaming to be looked at and on the other they seem almost embarrassed by it. There is an underlying menace in most of her work. At first glance the subjects of childhood or animals might seem to reflect innocence or simplicity but there is often a shocking twist added to the work which confuses these qualities. She lives and works in London.