Passing Through

Ninian Gomez, freelance at Ladbury PR, on the willow wonders of artist Laura Ellen Bacon currently exhibiting at National Trust’s Mompesson House in Wiltshire

I have always been fascinated by architecture and the merging of my organic  sort of muscular forms with these very linear constructions of architecture its something that really appeals to me, Laura Ellen Bacon

Artist Laura Ellen Bacon creates the most wondrous willow sculptures, abstract in their form, they convey a live energy which flows through the organic or man made structures on which they are built.

What is most striking about her forms is the ‘language’ through which she seems to communicate with every strand, stick and curves and knots entwined into an endlessly laborious but rewarding work that culminates into shapes that thrill the artist, embellish their surroundings and make existing structures proud ‘hosts’.

With tapered fingers she creates large scale sculptures, unique and individual in their creation, they appear to keep growing, flowing and spilling out of, or into nature or architectural structures, from trees to walls, to gutters and cracks in pavements.

There is a harmonious relationship between her sculptures and their hosts as they create a fine balance.  Her sculptures can be both monumental and intimate in their cocoon like forms, muscular with a sense of fragility. They are ethereal in appearance like breathing living forms.

Laura says, I am often asked where my inspiration comes from and it originally stems from interest in bird and insect nests because they are always built into existing structures

Laura has exhibited in landscape settings and galleries nationwide. She is currently exhibiting at National Trust’s Mompesson House, as part of a wider sculpture exhibition on material connections across the ages made possible by The Veronica Stewart’s Arts Trust.

All the sculptures at Mompesson House, were inspired by the history of its objects and for Laura she was reminiscing on the humble willow baskets used to carry food or personal belongings and their architectural features.

Laura says, while household matters were lived out over hundreds of years inside the house, time has swept through the Cathedral Close outside this great front door like an ever-shifting breeze.  The forms of ‘Passing Through’ therefore are contorted between their desire to cling to the front door and its daily flow of visitors and the sweeping, consuming, current of time.

These unique, inspiring works present us with an opportunity not to be missed. To find out more about the exhibition and Laura Ellen Bacon please visit:

Ninian can be found tweeting at @NinianAnon

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