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Laura Oldfield Ford

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For some years now London-based Laura Oldfield Ford has enjoyed a growing reputation as author of cult zine Savage Messiah, a powerfully written, cut-and-paste excursion into London's psycho-geographic hinterlands.

Like Savage Messiah itself, Oldfield Ford's paintings and drawings focus on a medley of visual and psychological territories: the marginalised and over-privileged, a certain East End cityscape, a particular zeitgeist.

While her work is clearly political, it's far removed from the heavy-handedness of art that's trying too hard to make a point. Instead, Oldfield Ford engages through sheer figurative skill combined with a teasing, caustic wit and subversive sense of play.

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While theoretically at odds with the art world's commercial status quo, Oldfield Ford manages to write her own rules and in so doing, hauls a feisty defiance into the gallery space. No mean feat, and little wonder that she's starting to command collectors' attention as thoroughly as she commands her visual terrain.

January 2007

 

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