Artist Statement

Laurel Gallagher is a visual artist whose practice explores the feral within modern life.  Thoughts on isolation, freedom and security combined with the desire to connect with our instinctual past inform her collection of otherworldly characters.

The act of image making is as important to Laurel as the completed artwork; from an initial black background shadow forms emerge to be covered with ethereal washes and structural lines, creating visual depth. Drips of free flowing paint break the continuity of the image inviting the viewer to consider both the physical qualities of paint as well as the illustrative forms it takes.

Working from her home in the shadow of the Peak District, surrounded by relics from an industrial era, Laurel develops projects that question our desire for domestic security by offering seductive visions of a feral state.