Laura Ford was born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1961. She grew up on the carnival circuit, as both sides of her family traveled the fairgrounds when she was very young, and that experience would later come to influence her sculpture.
Ford earned a Bachelor’s degree at Bath Academy of Art in Bath, England, from 1978-82, and a Master’s degree at the Chelsea School of Art in London, England, from 1982-83. Afterwards she spent a year traveling and lecturing in India. In 2005 she represented Wales in the Venice Biennale.
Ford’s work can be found in numerous museums and private collections around the world, including the Tate Gallery in London; the Elspeth and Imogen Turner Collection, in Lancashire, United Kingdom; the National Museums and Galleries of Wales; the Museum of Modern Art and the University of Iowa; the Arts Council of Great Britain; and the Oldham Art Gallery in Manchester, England.
Laura Ford creates playful and disturbing hybrid creatures. Part human and part animal, they are developed through observation of her own children and recollection of her feelings of growing up. As a child, she was introduced to the world of sideshows and fairgrounds. It had an early and lasting influence on the way she saw the world and her ability to move easily between the real and unreal, the creepy and sweet, the funny and mean.
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60″ x 40″ x 22″
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Scarecrow, 2006 Tom Claassen
Untitled (Two Rabbits), 2004 Jonathan Clarke
Lifestyle, 2006 Niki de Saint Phalle
Adam & Eve, 1985-1989 Jim Dine
Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels, 2008 Mark di Suvero
Aesop’s Fables, 1990 Jean-Michel Folon
Voyage, 1999 Laura Ford
Bird, 2007 Keith Haring
Untitled (Ringed Figure), 1987 Käi
Love Vs. Money, 2017 Fernand Léger
Femmes Au Perroquet, 1952 Aristide Maillol
La Riviere, 1938 – 1943 Ju Ming
Tai Chi Singlewhip, 1998 Igor Mitoraj
Eros Bendato, 1999 Julian Opie
Kiera & Julian Walking, 2002
Bruce & Sara Walking, 2007 Tom Otterness
Kindly Geppetto, 2001 Mimmo Paladino
Zenit, 1999 Martin Puryear
Untitled (Bench), 2008 George Rickey
Four Rectangles Oblique, 1979 Tony Smith
Night, 1962 Bernar Venet
2 Arcs X 4, 230.5 Degree, Arc X 5, 1999-2000 Erwin Wurm
Big Suit, 2010 Kan Yasuda
Door of Return, 2001 Jack Youngerman