Glasgow-based artist Laura Aldridge was invited by the Scottish National Galleries and TBP to create a body of work to furnish Pig Rock Bothy. The work she produced was inspired by a recce to Assynt, with the patterns and colours in the landscape being translated onto the surface of the ceramic vessels and fabric work. One particular rock (pictured below) with its pink and grey lichen spotted surface resembled the skin of a pig, and when Laura was asked to title the bothy, the name Pig Rock Bothy was born.
Laura Aldridge’s work moves freely between wall-based reliefs and sculptural installations, playing on the abilities of ‘collage’ to operate in two and three-dimensions. Her works use fabric, images (both photographic and silk-screened) and found objects to create installations that the artist describes as ‘expanded collage’. She often arranges elements of her works upon tables, low plinths or across gallery walls to bring ‘things’ together so that they might coalesce as a whole.
Laura’s work is included in the Generation exhibition in recognition of her significant and energetic recent contributions to contemporary art in Scotland. She has previously worked with TBP on the Walled Garden project in Glasgow and had shown a strong interest in and support of TBP, with her shared enthusiasm for the exploration of outdoor, grounded and organic approaches to art practice and facilitation.