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Student Showcase Archive

Laura Davis

MA work

MA work

  • Worry Doll

    Worry Doll, Laura Davis 2016
    Paper, masking tape and plastic hoop
    100cm x 60cm | Photographer: Laura Davis

  • Head 1

    Head 1, Laura Davis 2016
    30cm | Photographer: Laura Davis

  • Sketch Book

    Sketch Book, Laura Davis 2016
    paper and pen
    Photographer: Laura Davis

  • 'The Monsters Under The Bed' Wellcome Collectio

    'The Monsters Under The Bed' Wellcome Collectio, Laura Davis 2016
    Polyester stuffed toys and wood
    100cm x 75cm | Photographer: Laura Davis

  • Worry Doll (detail)

    Worry Doll (detail), Laura Davis 2016
    40cm x 25cm | Photographer: Laura Davis

  • Velvet Head

    Velvet Head, Laura Davis 2016
    Cotton velvet, micro fibre filling
    32cm x 20cm | Photographer: Laura Davis

  • Angel Amulet

    Angel Amulet, Laura Davis 2016
    Stuffed toy and wooden doll parts
    40cm x 25cm | Photographer: Laura Davis

  • Stuffed head in mould

    Stuffed head in mould , Laura Davis 2016
    Calico, clay
    Photographer: Laura Davis

  • Worry Dolls

    Worry Dolls, Laura Davis 2016
    Paper, tape,wax, varnish
    Varying | Photographer: Laura Davis

  • Cast heads

    Cast heads, Laura Davis 2016
    Wax, calico
    Varying | Photographer: Laura Davis

  • Bronze pour

    Bronze pour, Laura Davis 2016
    Bronze, ceramic shell
    Varying | Photographer: Laura Davis

  • Dordolec

    Dordolec, Laura Davis 2016
    ink on paper
    A5 | Photographer: Laura Davis

Emotional Uphostery

People and objects come and go through out our lives. The void that is left behind can be intolerable. Anxiety seeps in, darkness hovers, but something catches your attention out of the corner of your eye. A glimmer that becomes a safety net. A prop waiting for your memory to cloak it with the familiar.

All the objects that I have created are the result of a lengthy process, a metamorphosis. Either the complex intricacies that are required to transform paper and textiles into bronze. The selection, shaping and carving of wood. Layering form, colour and words screen printing. Pattern making, stitching and stuffing fabric. The collection of personal narratives and the academic research that provides the foundation of a concept, specifically the 'transitional object'.

The immeasurable qualities of the' ransitional object' are one of the most valuable concepts we have. The embedded amulet and talismanic powers, the ritualistic routine, the emotional dependency span childhood and adulthood. I am continuously intrigued by the ignition of life, that fuels inanimate objects into the mythical world of the 'real'.

I have created a collection of  objects that are one offs and multiples. Using several media paper, textiles, wood, bronze and print. Undecorated, unadorned they offer a blank canvas to the viewer in most cases. The underlying notion of the 'transitional object', amulet and talisman, allow the viewer to respond and treat the objects as a 'teddy bear' or a 'doll'. 



  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Jewellery & Metal, 2016

  • Degrees

  • BA Hons Jewellery, Middlesex University, 2000 (First Class Honours)
  • Experience

  • Prop Maker Set Dresser 1999 - 2002 Freelance companies include BBC, Princess Productions, SKA Films; Window designer/Prop maker Mungo and Maud 2012 - present day
  • Exhibitions

  • Work–in–Progress, RCA, London, UK, 2015; Making Social Networks, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, UK, 2015; Where Is The Gold?, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2015; 100% Optical, London, UK, 2015; Work–in–Progress, Royal College of Art, 2016; Fears, The Reading Room, The Welcome Collection, London, UK, 2016
  • Awards

  • Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers Award, 2016; Highly Commended, Theo Fennell Award, 2016; Highly Commended, 100% Optical, 2015