“Throughout my work I search for opportunities where beauty, hope and shared wonder are still buoyant. I look for spaces where universal shapes and collective memory converge and where opposite ideas congruently exist. I believe these experiences are necessary and vital.”
Sculptor Laura Baring-Gould creates large-scale public sculptures, epic ephemeral installations, and small intimate objects that create wonder in the palm of a hand. A love of universal shapes, as well as a fascination with elemental materials that include bronze, honey, salt, beeswax, paper, water and light form the common bond within her projects. Developed independently or through incredible collaboration, each piece or experience is buoyant with mythological ballast.
Within bronze, Baring-Gould creates large public art commissions at civic scale and intimate discrete objects that endow and occupy personal space. Inspired by a fascination with preservation and re-contextualized archetypal forms, these pieces transform objects of organic and natural materials into permanent metal and metaphor. Within this body of work, what was once familiar becomes new and what was once fragile and impermanent endures.
Baring-Gould’s work has been sponsored by the National Park Service, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Creiger Dane Gallery, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Scenic Hudson Inc., and through numerous grant & awards. Laura has taught for over twelve years at the University level (Clark University, University of Massachusetts, Boston), and has been an artist in residence at The Putney School, Wellesley College, Stone Hill College, the Art Institute of Boston and Silpakorn University, Bangkok. Her work has received awards including Best of Boston 2006 and 1995, with recognition from the American Society of Architects and Americans for the Arts Public Art program. Permanent public art works include the City of Boston (Edward Everett Square, Dorchester) the City of Cambridge (Fresh Pond) and commissions for Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston, MA). Baring-Gould lives and keeps bees in Somerville Massachusetts.