Laura Harrington creates work in multiple mediums, most recently film, drawing and installation. Works are often developed in collaboration with organisations and individuals from many specialist fields. A deep engagement with ecology and geology is a crucial aspect within the practice and involves extensive integrated research within specific environments. Works respond to and critically reflect back into the landscape, informed by conceptual, ecological and scientific knowledge, teasing out the poetic hiding between these fields and creating subjective experience from objective analysis – questioning our place in the world and our relationship to nature. Opening a dialogue on environmental issues and events by shifting the responsibility of resolving these issues out of the work and into the consciousness of the viewer.
Her works have developed from residency opportunities and working closely with conservation organisations and scientists, to understand and observe how we can better appreciate the natural world we live in, these include; Environment Agency, The North Pennines AONB Partnership, Forestry Commission, Natural England and Joya:arte + ecologia in the Parque Natural Sierra María, Andalucia, Spain in 2012. Long-term dialogues from initial collaborations have been formed with sound artist and composer Kaffe Matthews, sound artist Lee Patterson and film-makers Deborah Bower and Sarah Bouttell.
Her interest in the uplands and peat bogs of North East England led her to being awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Artist Residency with Durham University to work alongside Geomorphologist Dr Jeff Warburton. Over one year in 2014 Laura developed and researched new work that considered research around the uplands and peatlands of the North Pennines and their importance environmentally through carbon sequestration and in understanding climate change.
Related works includes; Layerscape (peat bogs), 2012 an intricate 16mm film about the North Pennines peatlands screened in a remote bothy, Where are the Wild Ones?, 2012 an opera about the incredible journey of the Atlantic Salmon from Greenland to the source of the river Tyne – a collaboration with musician and sound artist Kaffe Matthews, and ‘Current’ a 2010 a permanent wind reactive lighting piece for Blyth beach huts.