Laura Fisher


During their two weeks in residence, Laura will be joined by collaborators Thulani Rachia (dramaturgy), Zephyr Liddell (design) and Emma-Jane McHenry (Audio Description) to continue developing a new, durational performance installation for gallery spaces titled FORGED (in the tender heat of your embrace). The time in the studio will be spent drawing together the choreographic and design elements of the work, and creatively integrating audio description into the performance and installation.

FORGED (in the tender heat of your embrace) is a durational performance installation for galleries and non-traditional performance spaces, by Laura Fisher. In an intimate, choreographic collaboration between the artist’s body and sheets of copper metal, FORGED (in the tender heat of your embrace) explores processes of body heat generation and exchange during movement and rest.

Through cycles of moving and resting together, an unlikely physical collaboration develops in which body and metal support and enable each other’s movement; bending, heating, cooling, resting, and imprinting on one another over time. Through this process, sculptural forms gradually emerge, holding on their surface marks of the physical exchange which has occurred.

Drawing parallels between the material properties of the sheet metal and the artist’s body which experiences chronic pain, FORGED explores themes of dependency, intimacy, access and corrosion in an attempt to find a shared movement language.

Commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Dave Toole OBE Bursary Fund and Creative Scotland. Supported by Dance Base and The Work Room’s residency programme.


Image credit: Laura Fisher