New and recent works by Laura Reeves, who employs a process of collecting, researching and reviving histories from the recent past, creating idiosyncratic archival materials that aim to give them new relevance, drawing them out into the present. Found images - such as photographs, 35mm slides and postcards – either from her personal and family collections, or else discovered by chance or unearthed, often in charity shops, are brought together with segments of autobiographical narrative and personal observation. Themes of nostalgia, origin and veracity are explored with a mixture of humour and pathos as she foregrounds the intimate, personal and domestic, revealing small moments of commonly shared experience.
Her work often teases at the nature of creative practice, exploring the cusp between the hobbyist, the amateur and the professional artist. She prods at her own chosen career, sometimes setting it against a sense of thwarted artistic ambition in her own family.