Laura Põld is an interdisciplinary artist from Estonia, combining various means of artistic expression such as sculpture, textile, ceramics, video, and photography. The artist works with diverse territories of pictorial terrain and philosophical or poetic texts that influence her thinking about the matter and the making of her objects and spatial installations. Põld’s works are like peculiar landscapes of stories or spaces, where the mind can visually wander to the forest, the hills, the mines, or even to the artist’s studio. While traveling and collaborating with other creatives, Põld explores multiple human and more-than-human societal customs, which she incorporates into her work. The artist carefully chooses the materials based on their agency and historical context. Using traditional techniques such as ceramics or rug-making, Põld blurs the boundaries between the current and the archaic. Her recent works highlight the topics of intimacy, and the search for a place in the world, as well as the ecological subtexts, the relationship between man and nature, and the ethics thereof.
Areas of interest: Matter, Soil, Landscape, Space, Crafts
MagiC Carpets project
Common Threads, Polar Bear and Elephant (curated by Šelda Pukite)
Type: A duo-exhibition of Laura Põld and Andres Tolts
Šelda Puķīte: “…Taking Kogo Gallery’s space and Andres Tolts’ creative heritage as the main inspiration, in the exhibition Common Threads, Polar Bear and Elephant, Laura Põld continues to explore the possibilities of a constructed multiverse. Thinking about the apartment that the late artist lived in with his wife Mare Vint, and which was decorated with the works of both artists, Laura Põld imagines this interior as a collage. She constructs the new series of works as if they could be a natural extension of Andres Tolts’ paintings inhabiting the room. Metal constructions, threads and colourful tufted carpets shapeshift into certain objects found in the cityscape yet never truly become something concrete. In a way it can be viewed as a reference to Andres Tolts’ interest in anti-design and architecture concepts coming from the 20th century, creating an illusion of space yet keeping ideas and forms in a fluid stage.
What inspires you as an artist? Other artists, time and place
What do you think is the purpose of art? Communication, connection, education, desire, storytelling, researching in a unique way, documenting and saving, so many more and also nothing at all. (What a hard question!)