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. Laura completed her MA at Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London and her BA at The Slade School of Art, University College London.
Laura is currently developing The Storm Cone, a major new work commissioned by The University of Salford Art Collection for Re-Discovering Salford and Metal for netpark, due to launch in 2021 in Manchester and Southend.