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Hidden Remains: Student exhibits CSI-inspired project at Gray’s Degree Show 2012


Laura Bain (22) from St Combs, a fourth-year Textiles and Surface Design student at Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, has been displaying her final-year project to the public at the School’s 127th annual Degree Show, sponsored by BP.

Laura Bain TextilesHer exhibition, entitled ‘Hidden Remains’, is a collection of artifacts including a medicine cabinet, specimen jars, microscopic slides and bones which reflect mock crime scene evidence.

Laura has always been fascinated by crime cases and TV shows such as Criminal Minds and CSI, has focused on the notorious Ivan Milat backpacker murder case.

Laura explains:

“In the late 1980s, body remains were found partially buried in a remote forest in Australia. The highest calibre of forensic and pathology teams were assembled to work on the case and the remains were found to belong to nine different backpackers from all over the world.

“The case took years to piece together and my work is an interpretation of the events and key techniques used to bring the murderer, Ivan Milat, to justice.”

Laura has created a series of digital prints on canvas then decorated these with embroidery and embellishment. Influenced by MC Escher and Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson, Laura combined these older influences with modern technology using microscopic imagery captured with her own USB microscope and Lazertran slides.

Commenting on her time at Gray’s, Laura said:

“I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to develop my skills and enhance my expertise by drawing on the knowledge of artists from other disciplines within the School. In many cases, the technicians at Gray’s are the unsung heroes as they have taught me how to use new equipment, fielded endless questions and helped me learn various techniques.”

On 24 June, after exhibiting her designs to the public at Gray’s Degree Show 2012, Laura will travel to London to showcase her work at New Designers in London, the UK’s most important graduate exhibition.

Laura adds:

“In the future, I’d love to work in Art Psychotherapy as I feel that art is a very powerful tool in helping people express themselves and also offers a way of gaining important insights into an individual’s psyche. In order to this, I aim to complete a year’s voluntary experience in a special needs or institutional setting before applying to do further study in London or Edinburgh.”

Gray’s School of Art Degree Show 2012, sponsored by BP, showcased a plethora of undergraduate talent across a range of disciplines including 3D and product design, painting, printmaking, sculpture, fashion and textiles, graphics, digital media, visual communication, photography and electronic media.

Issued by:
Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer
Robert Gordon University
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262206
Email: s.j.grieve@rgu.ac.uk.