My work sits at the intersection of writing, performance, dance and healing practices. I consider the nonhuman and human ancestors as primary collaborators; this means finding ways of listening to them and acknowledging the trauma, violence, love and agency passed down through bodies of flesh and bodies of land. I practice ceremony as an urgent and immaterial labour of resistance in response to environmental crisis. I often work with trance states and vocal sound to communicate across a life/nonlife divide; training in Family Constellations and Kundalini Yoga underpin this practice. I have made work for gardens, galleries, theatres and rivers. I am completing an AHRC funded PhD in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University, which weaves together my story of encountering the River Wyre, its histories of witchcraft (Pendle witches), its alchemical river stones, personal ancestries of mental health, and the entanglements of this history with white settler colonialism and the Atlantic slave trade to consolidate capitalist colonialism and the destruction of an ethics founded with and through humans’ relationship to land.
I am indebted to Native American and First Nations authors, activists and scholars whom I was lucky enough to find my way towards in late 2008 and whose knowledges are mostly written out of current ecological debates in place of white scholars and discourses around new materialism and ‘material agency’. Some of these writers include Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg), Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna), Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna), Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo), Jeanette Armstrong (Okanagan Syilx), Gerald Vizenor (Anishinaabe), as well as Christine Stewart and her poetics of relations as a settler on Indigenous land.
Laura has been awarded two arts council grants, directing WISHBONE (2016) and touring with Pandvani108 (2012). She has performed in the UK and Internationally for Isabel Lewis, Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Josiah McElheny, at Tate Modern, ICA, Hayward Gallery, Kuntspielefest, Martin Gropius Bau Berlin. She has made solo and collaborative work for The Yard Theatre, SPILL Festival of Performance, Live Art Development Agency, given workshops and lectures at Chalton Gallery, Ponderosa Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance, Birkbeck University, Royal Holloway University, Canterbury Christ Church University. She has written for Material II (SDD publication), SARMA, This is Tomorrow, Fierce Festival, In Between Time Festival of Performance, SPILL Festival of Performance, Mayfest, and 4 Days at Arnolfini Gallery. She has been a DanceWEB scholar (2016) and artist in residency with Cove Park Scotland, Earthdance USA, Performing Arts Forum France, Fxmale Trouble Berlin and Betonest Berlin.