Laura Daly is a multi-award-winning artist who creates site specific and site related artworks that range significantly in scale. She exhumes the past and teases out fragments of the forgotten using a variety of media, including sound, drawings, mapping, video and material objects. This archaeology of lost time is rooted in in-depth research, where evidence, trace or suggestion generate a haunted exposition of our surroundings. Local stories and people also contribute. Fusing together history, memory, myth and story, Daly’s immersive artworks capture a particular kind of longing that resides within the threshold of absence (known as saudade in Portuguese and hiraeth in Welsh).
Past projects include Shadowland 2017, a combination of sound, projection and soil that traces the burial of Cambodian shadow puppets during the Khmer Rouge regime and their subsequent unearthing; Place Name 2014, charts different accents around the globe as two microphones read the names of prominent cultural figures in unison – one their original birth name and the other their new ‘Anglicised’ name; Planet Box 2010, follows the deconstruction of an astronomer’s life in a series of drawings and paintings; (Trafalgar) Disinterred 2006 uncovers the fatalities in an underground mine using a combination of sound and miners’ lights in a 1km circular path overground; and Trail 2004 is an investigation into a ‘will o’ the wisp’ that is part of New Forest folklore using photography, video, collage and mapping.
Previous commissions and residencies include The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust; Comma Press, Manchester; Metal, Southend and ArtSway, New Forest. Exhibitions include Agency (Eagle Gallery London, 2018); The Engine Room (Morley Gallery, London, 2017 & 2018); Overdue Synchronicity/Sincronicidad Vencida (La Tallera Gallery, Mexico and the Royal College of Art, London, 2013); Open Minds (ASC Gallery London, 2011); Space-Time-Matter (Manchester Central Library, 2008; Margate Rocks (Margate Arts Festival, 2008); Reveal (Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, 2006); Lens Based Open (Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2005); In Media (APT Gallery, London, 2005); Re: Thinking Time (Peterborough Museum of Art, 2004); Trail (ArtSway, New Forest, 2004); Sleeping (Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich, 2001); Hide and Seek (Lethaby Gallery, UAL London, 2001); Prizes: Winner of New Contemporaries, 1993/94 and Winner of The Engine Room International Sound Art Competition, 2017. MA: Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London. BA: The Slade School of Art, University College London.
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