As an artist, I interweave sculpture, puppetry and performance to share stories of entrapment, transformation and release on women and the non-human in digital and environmental spaces.
Sculpture comes from my desire to build architecture for the body which becomes an extension of the body. The sculpture; puppet, object or costume, can provide multiple narrative structures within my performance and exhibition work. The sculpture is conceptually and aesthetically influenced by its surrounding environment. It is always intended to live in a performance and site of significance.
I enjoy exploring new making techniques and materials, manipulating found objects and textiles, and putting a needle and thread to work. Puppetry comes from this love of creating something from objects and injecting character to bring them to life. By combining myself as artist with the created object, in performance, I build and invite connections for an audience to suspend their disbelief as a journey unfolds.
Performance comes from a desire to merge my various disciplines of theatre performance, improvisation, puppetry and dance in, and external to, a contemporary art setting. I am inspired by performing in non-traditional spaces and immersing an audience in a shared, foreign experience. Digital documentation and production of the live performance is an important extension and dialogue to the narrative. Activating a site, weaving the narrative, interactions with artefacts and documentation are all integral to the complete performance experience.
The artwork I create is process-based, personal, altruistic, poetic, abstract, intuitive, raw, dark, quirky and beautiful.
Laura Purcell, Tasmania Australia 2019