Laura Clarke graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 with an MA in Fine Art Printmaking, receiving the Alf Dunn Prize and the Augustus Martin Prize for excellence, and she has been exhibiting widely since 2008 in a range of independent shows, larger prestigious exhibitions, and film festivals. Occasionally taking on the curatorial role with a collaborative called ‘Rented by the Hour’ showing work in alternative often derelict spaces for one night only.
In her work she has always been fascinated with the point where the human departs from the animal and the often transgressive relationship we have with animals throughout history, art, religion and science. Her imagery renders provocative scenes that are at once abject, erotic, seductive and haunting, containing fantastical and occasionally mythological overtones, surreal and ambitious in their strangeness. Since becoming a mother, her work has moved to explore the animalistic abject nature of pregnancy and birth.
She uses Intaglio printmaking as a vehicle for the subject mater, with its infinite capacity for detail. Often using delicate hard ground lines to caress the figures, carmine ink to mimic the fleshy tones of meat, and occasionally the bold rich blacks achieved in an etched aquatint.