Emily Laurens
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  • United Kingdom
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What I do:
I am a multi disciplinary artist based in West Wales. I am co-director of Feral Theatre and community art coordinator for Oriel Myrddin Gallery.
A little more about me:
My work explores themes of loss, transformation, memory and letting go. I want my work to reflect and debate the current ecological crisis. I aim to bring things that happen out of sight, because of space or time, up close and personal. To allow people to make connections between their own personal losses and those larger loses that we often feel disengaged from. I see my work as operating on the fringes of activism. As part of a movement towards a greater understanding of ourselves and our current destructive tendencies. But my approach is oblique, creating images and performances that stay with people prompting them to question and challenge the status quo.

I am a designer and maker often working with puppets, film and installation. I like to respond to the spaces I work in and the materials I work with. I like to work with paper – a material that is always close to transformation through fire or decay. I am a performer, writer, director and community artist. My performances often explore the hinterlands between theatre and ritual, comedy and tragedy, dark and light.
Location:
West Wales
Projects I’m working on:
Vessel - making clay pots based on neolithic bell Beakers for ritual purposes.

Remembrance Day for Lost Species - on going annual project.

Freaks of Nature (with Feral Theatre) - Clown/Street Theatre 3 hander - 3 creatures part-bird part-show girl exploring themes of exploitation, rarity, femininity and sexuality. Scratch night at Jackson's Lane, London, Carrying the Fire festival, Scotland, ONCA, Brighton.

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