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

Author of the much lauded zine Savage Messiah, her work is a psychogeographic mapping of de-industrialised zones and the new forms of socio-political discourse that arise there. In a series of texts, collages, paintings, audio works and installations she discusses the phenomena of gentrification and migration by drawing on the experience of displacement in cities subsumed by a finance-capital matrix. Central to her practice is the dérive, a process of mapping the psychic contours of the city. Her work returns to a deep involvement in subcultural scenes and protest movements and is an intense scrutiny of new urban terrain, nationalism and class.

Laura is currently a researcher in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, lecturing across the UK and internationally on issues surrounding urbanism, architecture, protest and memory. Recent research moves between de-industrialised zones in Birmingham, London, LA, Yorkshire and Glasgow, taking the form of installation, audio work and paintings. Recent exhibitions include: Alpha/Isis/Eden, Showroom, London; The Sky is Falling, CCA, Glasgow (both 2017); 2016, Itinerant Code, Tensta Konsthall, 2015; 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.