Laura Ford is a Welsh artist who creates psychologically intriguing and narrative works. In Espaliered Girl, Ford blends references to the natural world and children. Espaliered is a French term that refers to both a plant grown in a pattern and to the vertical support. Espalier involves forcing branches to grow in the direction you want. This sculpture combines the desire that humans have to be noticed with the desire to blend in.
Laura Ford. Espaliered Girl, 2007. Bronze, 59.06 x 70.88 x 11 inches. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer.