Beast by Laura Ford

Ford is one of the preeminent Welsh artists and this work was created for the 2005 Venice Biennale where Ford was chosen to represent Wales.


Steel, plaster and mixed media
126 x 68 x 64 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,600 ( Total: £12,000)
Acquired in:
Houldsworth Art Gallery

The work depicts a lion sitting slumped and dejected made of torn sacking. The head composed of the corners of a sack is immediately reminiscent of the hooded figures taken captive by the Americans in the Iraq war. The words which appear across the lion’s body give evidence of the cloth’s original purpose and provide an international sense to the idea of man’s inhumanity to man and beast.


The artist.

Venue details

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DZ 01792 516 900

Entry details

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