“Climate change is the biggest issue we face, and the Amazon rainforest is a key component to combatting it, acting as one of the world’s largest carbon sinks. The significant increase in deforestation and the resulting wildfires of this past year will have significant ramifications. As the news cycles move on to other things, it is more important than ever to remember this is an ongoing situation that needs support and will take many years of reforestation efforts to begin to correct”.
Based on various anthropological and scientific studies, I have created modern-day mythological narratives in which I explore themes associated with the dislocation of our senses. It is centered on constructed creatures made up of disposable manmade products, each representing one of the senses. These creatures have been consumed by these modern, materialistic items and as such can no longer sense anything at all. Neither human nor animal, they wander between worlds fitting in nowhere, yearning to be part of a world they no longer belong to and becoming a creature of myth.
Photographed with a large format 5×4 film camera.
Laura Thompson was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. For the past decade, she has lived in the UK and received a Masters in Communication Design from the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland where she currently lives. In her work, Laura constructs mythologies and environments that examine the struggle and bond of the manmade versus the natural. She creates work that is both eye-catching and thought-provoking; surreal, constructed work that makes you do a double-take. She has primarily used large-format photography and wearable art to do so but has explored installation work and performance art as well.