Laura Wade is an artist living in West Cork. She studied Fine Art at the Galway Mayo Centre for Creative Arts + Media. In 2014 she graduated with a first class honours and an academic achievement award. After graduating she received the Cork Printmakers emerging artist 12 month bursary.
Intrigued by the enigmatic elements of her immediate landscape, Laura observes the enduring elegance and meanderings of the land. Using strong silhouettes set against the vast silent cosmos, she contemplates lost and found connections to the landscape.
Laura's work has a level of sophistication that suggestively plays with the viewer. She is able to suggest a mighty scale in her painitngs yet physically draw the viewer in for close examination of the immediate and sensitive micro perforated details. The beautiful hand made papers on which she works have been cajoled into exploiting the inks, spreading and seperating the pigments into etherial, luminescent and subtly coloured skies and foregrounds. This exploration of surface material is brilliantly achieved giving so much life and depth to the finished pieces. Her scenes are observations of nature shielding us, tempting us onwards, dominating us, welcoming us.
Tiny perforations in each piece add a layer of interest and intrigue. Straight lines suggesting man's impact on nature make us wonder how the ancient lands can survive us. Organic groupings make us feel for weather perhaps, nurturing the future of the forest, reminding us who owns the real soul of the land. All set against a backdrop of subtle yet incredible depth and movement in the heavens above.
This is Laura's first exhibition outside of Ireland and The Stratford Gallery is delighted to host her UK debut.