Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

LAURA NEW


"dysfunctional family"


"ms. stag"


(These drawings are part of a series of fantastical creatures called ‘Hairy Tales'. Creating dark but comical narrative in the style of Edwardian and Victorian family portraiture, the drawings claim a narrative that feels they should be accompanied by stories woven around childhood stories or Fables. I wanted to evoke a feeling of fairy-tale with moralistic and sometimes nonsensical but anecdotal detail. Gender, childhood and stereotypes are all questioned within these themes.)

Laura New, born in 1980 in Wegberg, Germany, is a British artist who lives and works in London. She studied at Central Saint Martins in 1998 before achieving her degree in Fine Art in 2000. She has since been involved in many exhibitions both at home in the UK and Internationally. Most recently she completed a series of portraits that were shown in a number of exhibitions in the UK as well as forming part of a collaboration project about femininity and identity in Sao La Gallery in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and the LPM Gallery in Texas, USA.