Laura Splan (US) - Disentanglement

Triënnale Brugge 2021 - Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie - Laura Splan - Disentanglement

Laura Splan's installation 'Disentanglement' was inspired by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. With this, she continues to build on her oeuvre of creative interpretations dealing with themes of care and illness. It is no coincidence that she is showing her work along the Langerei amongst 13th century former hospital ter Potterie's permanent collection, once an important institution receiving and caring for Bruges' sick patients.

Splan frames biomedical issues with a sense of curiosity and wonder. Textile patterns, digital animations and woven structures appear in the Museum Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie as if they had always been there, while at the same time evoking a peculiar feeling. Scientific, fictional and religious narratives are interwoven in this rich field of care, straddling pain and healing, life and death. Beauty reveals itself amidst the chaos, challenging you to think critically about the role biotechnology plays in our everyday lives.


Short bio

Laura Splan (°1973, Memphis, Tennessee, living and working in New York) examines the material aspect of biotechnology in her work in an effort to reveal poetic subjectivities. She works with various traditional and new media techniques to create art and sculptures from hand-spun wool, resembling cells, viruses or membranes. The shapes and patterns appear like organic sensors, tissues and fibre, but do so in textile, lace, paper or a digital format. Her work lies on the boundaries of science, technology and culture.

Laura Splan

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