Artist's symbiotic sculptures weave a magical story about nature (Photos)

Laura Ellen Bacon
© Laura Ellen Bacon

In the world of environmentally-themed art, beauty doesn't always come on a canvas. Finding a delicate balance between nature, art and space-making, British artist Laura Ellen Bacon weaves incredible forms -- many of them larger-than-life -- using pliable willow branches. Taking her artistic cue from birds, insects and other creatures, Bacon's woven works add a sense of otherworldliness to existing trees, interior and outdoor spaces.

© Laura Ellen Bacon

Bacon's impetus comes from a desire to turn large amounts of carefully harvested willow branches into formal spaces of some sort, be they nests in the trees, to a pleasant surprise on a garden wall, to an undulating indoor cave made entirely of willow.

© Laura Ellen Bacon
© Laura Ellen Bacon
© Laura Ellen Bacon

There's an element of seeing existing trees and buildings as "hosts" for her symbiotic works, as she explains on Juxtapoz:

Whilst the scale and impact varies from striking to subtle (sometimes only visible upon a quizzical double take), I relish the opportunity to let a building 'feed' the form, as if some part of the building is exhaling into the work.

© Laura Ellen Bacon
© Laura Ellen Bacon

Bacon's creative process usually involves her working on-site, plaiting her forms from the inside out, with the final exit hole being closed up to complete the piece.

© Laura Ellen Bacon
© Laura Ellen Bacon

The bold expressive quality of her works seem to imply there's a intimate dialogue going on, within the folds and swoops of the piece itself, to a broader communication with its context. Indoors or out, Bacon's work seems to invite us to flow into a deeper connection with our surrounding spaces, breathing a renewed sense of life into our relationship with nature. More over at Laura Ellen Bacon's website.

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