Somerset House Studios resident

Laura Grace Ford

London based artist and writer concerned with spatial narratives, contested space, architecture, fiction and memory (formerly Laura Oldfield Ford). 

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Drawing on cognitive mapping and the dérive Ford interrogates place by mapping the psychic contours of the city. She has developed a multidisciplinary practice where spectral languages erupt as fictions and dreamings, a reconnection with emancipatory forces embedded in the city.

Ford completed a BA in Painting from the Slade in 2001 and an MA in Painting at the RCA in 2007. In 2013-2014 she was Stanley Picker Fellow at Kingston University. She is author of Savage Messiah, Verso 2011 and is currently a Somerset House Studios resident and TECHNE funded researcher at the Royal College of Art. Recent shows/ projects include Open Your Palm, Feel the Dust Settling There Somerset House London 2018, Flaneuse TCU Texas 2018, The Sky is Falling CCA Glasgow, Alpha/Isis/Eden Showroom London 2017, Chthonic Reverb Grand Union Birmingham 2016, Itinerant Code Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm 2015, Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC, Stanley Picker Gallery, London 2014, Ruin Lust Tate Britain 2014.

Oldfield Ford displays authentic gifts as a recorder and mapper of terrain. She is a necessary kind of writer, smart enough to bring document and poetry together in a scissors-and-paste, post-authorial form.

Iain Sinclair, Guardian

Whilst in residence, Laura will be focusing on a number of audio collaborations exploring sonic fictions, vexed temporalities, psychoactivity and Anarchitecture.