laura ford studied at bath academy of art between 1978-82 including a period at the cooper union school of art, new york. her tutors included michael pennie, richard deacon, nick pope, antony gormley, peter randall-page, shelagh cluett + anish kapoor. she was included in new contemporaries in 1982 before joining the postgraduate sculpture course at chelsea School of art in london
while still a student, she participated in the 1983 survey exhibition, the sculpture show at the serpentine + hayward galleries alongside artists including, richard wentworth, tony cragg, david nash + many of her tutors. 27 years later she participated in the british art show 5 alongside a new array of british artists that included phyllida barlow, jeremy deller, michael landy + susan hiller, tracy emin + sarah lucas. in 2005 she represented wales in the venice biennale
her work is represented in many public collections including; tate, the victoria + albert museum, government art collection, potteries museum, national museums + gallery of wales; museum of modern art, university of iowa; arts council of great britain; contemporary art society; unilever plc; penguin books; oldham art gallery, the new art gallery walsall, the glynn vivian art gallery, the meijier gardens, grand rapids usa + the gateway foundation, st. louis, as well as numerous private collections
her sculptures are faithful representations of fantasy with sometimes bitter sweet + menacing qualities mixed with tenderness. she uses humour + an acute observation of the human condition to engage with wider social + political issues. her work is intensely crafted but playful, and she has used a range of media to realise her work including, drawing, painting, performance, set design + has increasingly taken on the challenge of public art alongside museum + gallery shows
'ford provides us with acutely graphic renditions of human emotion, mental + physical. her imagery is all about remembering + giving memory clarity.'
dr. penelope curtis
laura ford lives + works in camden, alongside her husband, the sculptor andrew sabin + their three children