There is Nothing More…
There is Nothing More… is the first solo exhibition by Laura Poff. Her practice is predominantly drawing based and also encompasses sculpture and installation. Through repetitive methods and actions, she creates works that endeavour to evoke something of the meditative state involved in their construction. She references organic forms and patterns, and through a process of automatic drawing, transforms them into fluid and ambiguous compositions.
The exhibition takes its title from the Junichiro Tanizaki’s essay “In Praise of Shadows”. The works on display take inspiration from the author’s mediation on Japanese aesthetics, and their preference for all things soft and nuanced, specifically the impact of darkness. To quote Tanizaki, “We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates… Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.”
The language of the material plays an essential role in this body of work. Poff explores the interaction of light and dark through the manipulation of copper and paper to create sculptural drawings. By aligning contrasting materials, she establishes a relationship between them by using the same process on differing surfaces. She also emphasizes the properties of the materials through an innate sensitivity to the conditions in which the work is presented.
Laura Poff a recent Fine Art Graduate from Limerick School of Art and Design, where she specialised in Sculpture and Combined Media. She is the recipient of the 2016 Ormond Studios Graduate Award.