Laura’s practice focuses on a negotiation with the world of STUFF, i.e. interactions with materials and objects, exploring ideas of value, profile, association, meaning and behavior of materials, individual and collections of objects.
Things are explored both as material stuff and anthropological signifiers, that are capable of revealing the human condition - vulnerabilities and capabilities, value systems affected by consumerism and material status, and object/human dependencies.
Her works occupy a fluid space, on one hand demanding critical discourse, and on the other their own ambiguous and intuitive logic.
Laura has been teaching on the Fine Art Undergraduate Programme at Goldsmiths since 2006.
She has taught at various Universities including Manchester Metropolitan University, Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University and London Metropolitan University and has been a visitor at a number of institutions including Glasgow School of Art, Plymouth College of Art and on the Postgraduate Programme at Goldsmiths.
Other responsibilities include external examiner, 2012 -16 at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts for MA Fine Art, MA Photography, MA Art and Science and MRes (Moving Image/Exhibition Studies/Theory and Philosophy) and External Examiner Mentor at University of the Arts, London on the MA Academic Practice in Art Design and Communication.
Laura’s practice is interdisciplinary and includes:
Studio Based Work - Sculpture, installation and drawing
Recent exhibitions at Gallery Cadaqués, Cadaqués, Spain, SPACEX, Exeter, Marlborough Contemporary, London, The Wall House #2, Groningen, Netherlands and King&Bang, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Writing - on material encounters and entanglements with the world of stuff
Laura is currently setting up a Website – TENDERFOOT with QUAD in Derby (funded by Goldsmiths Research Award) which will be a portal for her writing on materiality and a place of research exchange.
Fieldwork - workshops, both participating on and running them
Projects include ‘what it means to handle stuff - auto-pedagogy - a course in butchery’ a collaboration with the Royal College of Art and Raven Row Gallery London, which included a course in butchery lead by a professional butcher who taught Laura, the gallery director and the fine art students butchery techniques.
Laura continually expands her knowledge and experience of the material world, different mind - hand - material - environment negotiations and her interest in the notion of ‘the constant amateur’ through participating on skill based courses including fish knife skills, taxidermy, baking, butchery, basket weaving, pot throwing and fishing.
- 2004 MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London.
- 1997 MA Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham.
- 1990 BA (Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture.
- Loughborough University School of Art and Design
- Laura White: The Stuff of Images. Castlefield Publications, (Corner House Distribution) ISBN 978-0-9559557-1-6, 2009
White, Laura and Fillingham, Peter. 2012. The Shapes Game: its hard to take your eyes off it.. In: "The Shapes Game: its hard to take your eyes off it.", Carter Presents, London., United Kingdom, 17th March - 21 April.
White, Laura; Mitchell, John and Bassant, McKenzie. 2010. Object as subject. In: "Object as subject", Stephen Lawrence Gallery, The University of Greenwich, London., United Kingdom, April 15th - May 14th 2010.
White, Laura. 2009. Laura White: Scratching Walls and Sticky Decor. In: "Chromodomo at the Wall House #2, Groningen, Netherlands", The Wall House #2 A.J. Lutulistraat 17, 9728 WT Groningen, the Netherlands., Netherlands, 20 September - 18 October 2009.
Conference or Workshop Item
White, Laura. 2009. Hues and Sickly Saturations: Review of Abby Manock’s ‘Counters’ by Laura White. Gallery Publication,
White, Laura. 1999. Everything you do counts here. In: , ed. Everything You Do Counts Here: Laura White at the Margaret Harvey Gallery. University of Hertfordshire,Faculty of Art & Design. ISBN 978-1898543350