Philippa Lawrence’s practice embraces land and environmental art, the use of textiles in a fine art context, and the relationship between art, craft and design. Her philosophy is one of learning through making, engaging with studio practice as well as site-specific responses. Her interests relate to human relationships, material, labour, land and boundaries, with an increasing concern for the encroachment on wild spaces: public and geographic, private and internal.
Lawrence’s work pivots on material exploration, drawing out a material’s ability to carry metaphor and to speak of human experience. She explores the positioning of materials to mediate our understanding of site – a reactivation of space – and the materials she uses are context and research-led. Lawrence often works in collaboration with practitioners of threatened craft skills.
Since 2016 she has developed a relationship with Hestercombe House Gallery through a series of Dialogues and Disclosure seminars, and the exhibition Materiality: Provisional States (2019). Lawrence returned to Hestercombe to make Stack, 2020, following the first UK lockdown.