The stories Laura Moreton-Griffiths tells, imagine alternative futures, that result in speculative fictions that mix personal, with real life socio political economic histories and theory. The worlds she builds take many forms: the materials dependent on the idea she is trying to convey. From room-sized drawings that people can walk around, drawn in pencil and ink, on paper and gesso on board; paintings in oil on laser-cut powder-coated steel; hand-drawn animation mixed with digital film; 3D characters and environments; photography; to handmade props and costumes for performances to camera and screen.
Her works have a recognisable monochromatic aesthetic of largely black and white line and form, accentuated by spots of intense colour. Developed through a lengthy process of research, writing and collaging of ideas and images from the past, and storyboarding, her painstakingly crafted works demonstrate skill and slow labour. Drawing from a background in multimedia, she mixes traditional processes with interactive elements made using Arduino circuits and proximity sensors, as well as broadcast technologies. She works collaboratively across disciplines to create immersive storytelling events.
The works are unapologetically wonky. Tender, funny, political, soulful, conflicting, sad. From a young age she has had a strong sense that things aren’t right. Her philosophical practice is her resistance; attempting to illuminate discriminatory power structures and social practices, seeking personal and societal agency. Her various bodies of work are a cosmology of linked themes, all exploring conflict and control. Since 2017 she has been working with the politics of air as a metaphor for invisible structures that are both good and bad for us.