Laura de Harde

Through a visual engagement with archival materials and ‘women’s work’, I consider the representation of women in archives and historical documents and employ thread to further probe and disrupt the art/craft divide. I use my creative practice as a methodology to visually stand-in for and illuminate questions around impermanence, fragility, conservation, heritage and preservation. My artistic process is situated in the space between chaos and control. The ink allows me to capture and reproduce aspects of the original photographs and documents that I use as reference material, yet it simultaneously evades the subject, keeping aspects of the image out of reach. The ink has been carefully selected because it ages and changes over time, it also bleeds into and disrupts the surface, creating a visual representation of the fragility and vulnerability of the original objects.

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