Heather Lawton’s most recent sculptural works have focused upon the historical and abject traces of the missing human. With an eclectic range of organic and domestic materials, both found and constructed, her work is inspired by ancient burials and the uncanny, merging what is familiar to the contemporary person, with what is curious yet confrontational.
Her work is aesthetically and thoughtfully rough, combing unfired terracotta bowls filled with water to that of soft soil and abstracted bodily furniture made from latex and wood. Bodily ‘seats’ have been made with this material, created as a form of ‘skin’, and then upholstered onto abstracted forms reminiscent to the Amesbury Archer’s burial pose, and the artist’s own body with her legs crossed. There is a curiosity with how the works interact within the space, the dialogue with one another and with that of the viewer. There is a familiarity to them, despite the materials and forms. Through the crumbling clay and fleshful furniture, she tries to engage with the audience her own inherent curiosity to the forgotten human, the marks and traces left, and the uncanny discomfort of the flesh with her sculptural forms and domestic material.