Artist Blog

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Laura Thompson – Senseless

May 22, 2016 - Alan Knox

Laura Thompson is a good friend originally from Santa Barbara, California and now based in Glasgow. One of the joys of my final year at Glasgow School of Art was listening to her explain the process involved in photographing her project Senseless. Taking its cue from the costumes worn by various mythological cultures around the world, the project examines the alienation of modern culture from the natural world by covering the subject entirely in disposable consumer products each representing one of the five senses including sporks (taste), car air fresheners (smell) and rubber gloves (touch). In the process, Thompson creates her own modern day dystopian narrative of a culture in which the individual has become completely overwhelmed by materialism to the point that they now wander the world aimlessly, dislocated from their senses and bereft of any human contact. Featuring costumes made by the artist and shot on a large format field camera in various locations around the world. Senseless is a sublime yet strangely comical vision of a future in which man has become merely the end product of consumerism. From the artist: By creating modern day mythological narratives, I have made creatures representing each of the senses that are constructed of disposable manmade products, which have consumed them to the point that they can no longer sense anything. Neither human nor animal, they wander between worlds yearning to be part of a world they no longer belong to, becoming a creature of myth.