Laura Purcell is a sculptural, installation, performance artist.
She is known for creating live performances in unique environments interweaving elements of sculpture, puppetry and dance, with documentation and exhibition.
Purcell recently presented the beginning of a new solo project Prickly Woman, installed at the Moonah Arts Centre, Tasmania in 2019.
Purcell has conceived multiple performances and sculptures as a featured artist for The Ghosts of Nothing conceptual touring rock opera In Memory of Johnny B. Goode from 2016-18. This culminated into an exhibition featuring Laura Purcell for Contemporary Art Tasmania’s Mona Foma festival program, and a Major Exhibition and performance at The Lock Up in Newcastle in 2018.
She collaborated with Paul Gazzola to conceive LPG’s National Regular Weekend Protestor Association as part of Proof of Life, Salamanca Art Centre’s Major Exhibition for 2017.
Her recent international residency to the Rosamond McCulloch Studio, University of Tasmania, Cité internationale des arts, Paris France was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister of the Arts in 2018, and led to two open studios.
Purcell was awarded a scholarship to attend the Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference in the USA, thanks to Terry and Taylor Fator in 2014. Her devised project What’s the Time Mr Wolf? was chosen for the conference’s public performance which she wrote, directed and puppeteered. She also performed in the devised performance of Wunderkammer directed by Alice Therese Gottschalk and Ralph Mürle (Germany)
Her work FacePOP and Monster Suit was supported by Salamanca Arts Centre’s HyPe program in 2014 and 2015, assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Hobart City Council, and Arts Tasmania.
Her Constance Gallery exhibition Desirous involved digital production and installation. The work is a self documentation merging space, time and movement to reshape the narrative of entrapment in 2014. She has developed costume, artefacts and puppets for her own projects including Monstersuit, FacePOP and Rhonda Voo.
Purcell performed nationally and internationally with Terrapin Puppet Theatre as puppeteer and performer from 2004-2010.
Her time devising in the rehearsal space from 2013-2015 with Second Echo Ensemble led to their performance Fall: The Rites of Spring for the Theater Royal RAW program in 2015.
She has worked in various MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) projects including Mona Foma and MoMa (Mona Market) as a devisor, performer and maker.
Her time with Puppets in Prague, Czech Republic in 2013 introduced her to the skills of Stop Motion Puppetry in Film.
She was a judge for the Physical Theatre Panel as part of the Theatre Council of Tasmania’s Tas Theatre Awards during 2016-2018.
Purcell is currently a board member for Women’s Health Tasmania.
She is based on the island lutruwita (Tasmania), the southern-most part of Australia.
Laura Purcell acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Custodians of the land on which she lives and works, and pays her respects to elders, past, present and emerging.