In her latest body of work, Laura Davidson explores the fulfillment from parenting while pursuing a career and the challenges of feeling stretched thin in both realms. The labor of caregiving at home, after working a full day at a paid job, is known in sociology and feminist theory as "second shift." Laura created this body of artwork in the staggered moments in between working full time and parenting a toddler.
Each of the hundreds of pieces of these intricate installations created for her solo show were hand built through slow processes in the artist's pursuit of reconnecting to herself. All pieces consist of post consumer materials reworked into sculptural objects that explore the strength and fragility of paper and domestic textiles. Rough, cast paper objects blend with soft sculptures resembling objects of comfort in site specific installations designed to immerse the viewer into the frantic momentum of trying to maintain identity and relationships while nurturing a small child.