Overlay II

Overlay II

Tufted rugs, plywood, varnish
205 × 60 × 3 cm

Work from a group exhibition ”The Bambi Project“ .

”Why are we safe here?“ he asked. ”Because all the bushes shield us,“ his mother answered, ”and the twigs snap on the shrubs and the dry twigs crackle and give us warning. And last year’s dead leaves lie on the ground and rustle to warn us, and the jays and the magpies keep watch so we can tell from a distance if anybody is coming.“ (Salten, p. 33–34)

Reading Salten’s Bambi, Laura Põld was especially moved by the parts describing the life cycle and purpose of the forest leaves. As they fall from the trees, leaves become a soft carpet that embraces the forest animals and warns them with their rustle of any approaching danger. Salten’s leaves stand for the inevitability of death and birth that intercon-nects all the creatures in the story.

Põld has created a series of rugs with abstract shapes resembling both animal skins as well as dried leaves. The patterns of the carpets are layered and striped, turning and returning to the same place, recalling the layers of matter accumulating on the surface of the earth, a sign of the passing of time and the recurrence of the seasons. Like leaves fallen from a tree, elements from this installation are scattered here and there in the gallery, meeting other artists’ works. Some of the rugs are attached to a plywood board and thus become a supporting or covering element in their own right. Some of the small rugs, however, are soft and flexible, allowing visitors to sit on them and move them around the space.

installation, textile

About the artist

Laura Põld (1984) continuously explores fundamental human (and animal) needs, including community, safety and shelter. She started making paintings and installations referring to a sense of home and living abroad in the 2010s. In her latest work, she focuses on her choice of materials and their historical context, implementing traditional handiwork and building techniques like (primitive) ceramics and embroidery, which interest her as preservation of memory and experience. In her oeuvre, Põld has been engaged in creating a sense of place, combining and juxtaposing materially sensitive objects, narrative elements and memorabilia within the qualities of specific exhibition space. Her often large-scale constructions or installations either take over or interfere with the allocated exhibition venue and/or its context.

Laura Põld studied ceramics at the Estonian Academy of Arts, painting at the University of Tartu and sculptural conceptions and ceramics at the University of Art and Design Linz. She has been awarded with a number of prizes and scholarships like the Eduard Wiiralt scholarship (2008), Ado Vabbe scholarship (2013), annual prize of The Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2014), Köler Prize grand prix (2016) and grand prize of The Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2018). Laura Põld is based in Tallinn and Vienna.

More works by this artist

Installation (steel, tufted rugs, plywood, varnish, paint), 131 × 132 × 132 cm, 2022
7000 €
Installation (steel, tufted rugs, plywood, varnish, paint), 182 × 229 × 4 cm, 2022
4300 €
Installation (steel, tufted rugs, plywood, varnish, paint), 115 × 142 × 4 cm, 2022
2300 €
Tufted rug, rope, felt, 135 × 180 cm, 2022
6300 €
Burlap, yarn, cord, felt, 90 × 95 cm, 2022
3500 €
Tufted rugs, rope, 38 × 68 × 37 cm, 2021
2500 €
Tufted rugs, plywood, varnish, 205 × 60 × 3 cm, 2021
4000 €
Tufted rugs, plywood, varnish, 95 × 80 × 90 cm, 2021
4000 €
Low fire ceramics, 2018
Low fire ceramics, 2018
Low fire ceramics, 2018
Cotton, wool, hand-tufted, 190 × 130 cm, 2022
6800 €
Hand-tufted rug with fringes, 150 × 90 cm, 2022
2500 € - Reserved
Steel, wool, 80 × 60 cm, 2022
1800 €
Steel, 80 × 60 cm, 2022
1800 €

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