GAZELL.iO is pleased to host Laura Shepherd as our February artist in residence.
Laura Shepherd is a multidisciplinary artist, designer and creative director based in London.
Words by Laura Shepherd 31/01/22:
Digital alchemy and the exploration of energy curation and transmission under the guise of virtual psychedelics and flower power. Plant-powered aesthetics from art nouveau and 60s counter-culture are reworked into high definition 3D-style to construct digital psychedelic experiences that soothe or stimulate the mind and body. The Goal of this trip is Ecstasy.
Coming from an artisanal creative background, a purposeful switch from material to 100% digital was made in 2012. Digital paintings and sculptures are rendered as still life photography, motion graphic screen animations, and Augmented Reality experiences (AR). From material objects that tend towards the decorative arts and product design to abstract, ethereal backgrounds to stimulate emotions. The artistic process moves between dimensions and realms, mixing realities to absorb and confound the viewer. Less an exploration or study, more an unsolicited reaction and expression of observations on contemporary society and culture. Anthropological, philosophical and informed by diverse esoteric idea systems and beliefs, the work presents an optimistic perspective on modern life.