Laura Scrivener Studying Fine Art at Northbrook College, Worthing
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When I was very small I was given a beautiful doll. If you pushed her tummy button in and pulled her hair at the same time her hair became longer and seemingly more beautiful. The opposite happened when you pushed her tummy button in and her hair retracted, giving her a short hairstyle. As a small child, I was made to have a short ‘unfeminine’ hairstyle by my parents. I instantly fell in love with this doll and so began my journey into a lifetime of fascination with hair.
I trained as a professional hairdresser and have become intrigued by the history, customs and cultural significance that surround hair. With this background, I have incorporated this interest into my art practice.
The Victorians had many rituals surrounding death. Mementos containing human hair were a very important part of this. Love tokens were also made incorporating hair of one’s betrothed or beloved; therefore the act of carrying a piece of the person (their hair) represented keeping that person close to them. An essence of the person is left in the hair, a trace of immortality and nostalgia.
I like my work to be tactile and full of visual seductiveness. By working with hair, I can explore how the female body has and is, objectified, idealised and fetishized. On occasion I restrict the opportunity to touch the items so that this sense is denied. This reoccurs with plaited hair and hairnets symbolising a containment of the feminine and questions: What restrictions are placed upon women within society?

My audience becomes the voyeur, gazing at deconstructed femininity.

Member Since

04th December 2011

Speciality

Fine Art

Last Active

Monday 10th August 2015

Degree

Northbrook College, Worthing

Date of Birth

Monday 05th July 1993

Gender

Female

 
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Hair by Laura Scrivener
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Feather And Hairbag Hairball Flowerfeather
Tainted memories. 3D work looking at heirlooms and preservation/destruction
Communion Destruction Rivers Of Paint Maternal Grandmother
The sexuality and spirituality of hair is explored. See my artists statement for further information
Crystal Role Knitting Hair Broken Beliefs
Beyond the grave by Laura Scrivener
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Statue Statue 2 Beach Crochet
Woven Venus Crosses by Laura Scrivener
Fabric and Wool wire wrapped elemental forms.
Woven Venus Cross Woven Venus Cross Woven Venus Cross
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Childhoodby Laura Scrivener
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Milly Fleur Male
Hothamby Laura Scrivener
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