Although only twenty two years of age, Hetty Laycock has garnered influences from across the globe. Having grown up in Yorkshire after studying initially at Leeds Arts University, Hetty went on to complete a degree in Fine Art at Falmouth... Read More
Although only twenty two years of age, Hetty Laycock has garnered influences from across the globe. Having grown up in Yorkshire after studying initially at Leeds Arts University, Hetty went on to complete a degree in Fine Art at Falmouth University, Cornwall. During her degree at Falmouth University, Hetty was offered the opportunity to study for an academic year at Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia. Specialising in sculpture at an Italian university not only opened Hetty's eyes to a new language, cultural diversity and vastly different teaching methods. It also ignited within her the desire to build upon cross cultural understanding and to feed her passionate pursuit of building new knowledge and skills into the work that she creates.
Hetty is a sculptor who works primarily in fibre-based materials. She has a deep seated interest in traditional crafts whilst simultaneously exploring methods of innovation. Always inquisitive and open to new ideas, Hetty engages thoughtfully with the development of academic, philosophical and religious understanding and considers carefully how to feed these into the application of materials through her sculptural practice. Hetty creates sculptures that are physical representations of notions, such as interconnectivity, the power of unity and the strength that lies within diversity, frequently created in woven and cast forms.
As a recent graduate Hetty is clearly committed to building on her momentum by taking on new challenges to grow her skill base. After a very successful degree show, she was invited to be an artist in residence at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China. At present she is pursuing an understanding of Chinese tradition, both regarding abstract and practical application. Hetty is working on a body of sculptures to unite her inspiration and learning that span Yorkshire, Venice, Cornwall and now Shanghai.
Due to begin a Masters at The Princes School of Traditional Arts in September 2020, Hetty is engaged in consolidating her art form prior to undertaking further study. Having taken part in several exhibitions in Shanghai, Cornwall, Venice and Leeds; Hetty is looking forward to the number of opportunities that lie ahead; including a group exhibition at Exeter Cathedral next year with the South West Sculptors Association, a group of passionate sculptors from the south west of England. Her aptitude for authentic universal self-expression has led to her works being purchased and housed in a number of collections; including The Kaleidoscope Collection in Bath, a private collection; and Mill Bridge Gallery in Skipton, a commercial gallery.
Work generated during her three months in China will be exhibited at her solo show in Shanghai, Practicing Patience. From December 2019.
I am sculptor from Yorkshire, England. Currently living in Shanghai, China.