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, a French term, refers to both a plant grown in a pattern and to the vertical support. Espalier involves forcing branches to grow in a chosen direction. This sculpture combines the desire many children have to be noticed with the desire to be hidden or disguised.
Laura Ford. Espaliered Girl, 2007. Bronze, 59.06 x 70.88 x 11 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer.