Lives and works in Rotterdam, NL
Laura Grimm’s sculptural practice finds its origins in her fashion and textiles education. During these studies she developed a fascination for pattern construction; drawing out a piece of clothing in flat form on paper. The resulting pattern can be used to cut a piece of fabric into shape and assemble it as a garment. Furthermore, the ability to convert three-dimensional shapes into flat surfaces is essential. These skills and fascinations are of great significance to the way she approaches sculpture today; Grimm’s works often have both a flat and three-dimensional form.
A fundamental principle to Grimm’s practice is the need to work as freely and independently as possible. She prefers to operate from zero and takes nothing for granted. Partly because of her background in ready-to-wear fashion, where little is produced manually, she now chooses to make most everything by hand. It is important that this manual action is visible and tangible in the work so that others can experience it too, something that may not happen very often in the material world around them.
Grimm prefers to work with materials that can be shaped by physical interventions and simple tools, without the aid of heavy equipment and large machinery. Many of her sculptures are therefore made of cardboard or paper, sometimes in combination with textiles. In addition to blank plates she uses cardboard boxes with an existing print.
Grimm applies the above materials and skills, which derive from the world of mass production, to create autonomous and unique sculptures.