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Ford’s work has been seen in many contexts. She represented Wales at Venice for the Biennale in 2005 and, this year, she’s part of the Vita Vitale exhibition for Azerbaijan, with a huddle of bemused looking penguins, perplexed at the disappearance of their habitat, waddling across the grand terrazzo floor of a Venetian palace. And Ford is prolific. This year alone she has work in exhibitions in Sweden and Germany as well as the Venice penguins. A version of Days of Judgment Cats, prowling across the lawn at Strawberry Hill, pops up again in the financial heart of London, this time as a permanent installation. Which, of all of these contexts, does Ford prefer to work with, I ask her? “I love showing in venues like Strawberry Hill as it gives me things to think about and respond to and it leads me to unexpected places, but I am equally happy with a white cube: it’s just a different way of thinking.” —CCQ

Laura Ford at Strawberry Hill House runs to 31 October 2015 strawberryhillhouse.org.uk The exhibition was curated by Stephen Feeke of New Art Centre, Roche Court sculpture.uk.com After Strawberry Hill, Ford’s exhibition will move to Abbot Hall Art Gallery, and to nearby Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House lakelandarts.org.uk lauraford.net

p15 Armour Boys (detail), Laura Ford, 2014 Copyright Laura Ford, photo: Gautier Deblonde

p19 (left) Days of Judgement (Cat II, V & VI), Laura Ford, 2013 Copyright Laura Ford, photo: Gautier Deblonde

p16 Clog Girls, Laura Ford, 2013 Copyright Laura Ford, courtesy of New Art Centre

p19 (right) Weeping Girl II, Laura Ford, 2013 Copyright Laura Ford, photo: Gautier Deblonde

p17 Headthinker, Laura Ford, 2013 Copyright Laura Ford, photo: Felix Wendover

p20 Kangaroo, Laura Ford, 2015 Copyright Laura Ford, photo: Felix Wendover

p18 (left) Armour Boys (detail), Laura Ford, 2014 Copyright Laura Ford, photo: Gautier Deblonde

p21 (top) Old Nick, Laura Ford, 2013 Copyright Laura Ford, photo: Felix Wendover

p18 (right) Waldegrave Poodles, Laura Ford, 2015 Copyright Laura Ford, photo: Gautier Deblonde

p21 (bottom) Bedtime Boys II and III, Laura Ford, 2013 Copyright Laura Ford, photo: Gautier Deblonde

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Venice Biennale interviews: herman de vries, Katerina Gregos, Song Dong, Sean Lynch. As well as conversations with Laura Ford, Sammy Baloji,...

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Venice Biennale interviews: herman de vries, Katerina Gregos, Song Dong, Sean Lynch. As well as conversations with Laura Ford, Sammy Baloji,...