About the Artwork

Laura Ford is well-known for her portrayals of animals, with which she explores aspects of the human condition. Her bronze sculptures presented here are from a recent series called ‘Days of Judgement’, for which her starting point was Masaccio’s fresco ‘The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden’ (1425) in the Brancacci Chapel, Florence. In Ford’s postlapsarian vision, however, Adam and Eve are reconfigured as a group of very tall, skinny cats. Pacing around in various states of deep thought, these cats appear like a group of existential poets gripped by their own inner anxieties; with their featureless faces they have an uncanny blankness onto which we can project our own fears and concerns.

Year: 2012

Copyright the artist, Courtesy of New Art Centre Photo: © Nick Turpin




160 x 230 x 100 cm / 200 x 160 x 160 cm

Artist Biography

Laura Ford

Laura Ford (b. 1961) studied at Bath Academy of Art from 1978–82. She was included in New Contemporaries, The Sculpture Show at the Hayward and Serpentine Galleries and The British Art Show 5 amongst many other group and solo exhibitions. In 2005, she represented Wales at the Venice Biennale. Ford has work in major collections around the world and recently completed two major public commissions in Bristol and Heidelberg. A major new exhibition of her work is at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham this summer.