RedBlack D. Lawrence
I am a mixed-race artist currently living and working in UK, London.
I attended a Rudolf Steiner school in West Sussex where my artistic pursuits began (2010 to 2013). I was taught intensively for two years by a wood sculptor specialising in socially engaged art, Dr Zita Baracsi's work explores the shamanic and focuses on portal building. Being taught by Zita was a portal experience in itself. Zita has worked for many years with young people experiencing emotional and/or learning difficulties. The main framework of her research is A/r/tography and her goal is to contribute to the field of Transpedagogy.
Having completed my studies with Zita I then undertook a Foundation Diploma at Kingston University (2013 to 2014). It was here that my interests in painting and drawing began to merge with sculpture.
After finishing foundation year, I attended UAL (Wimbledon) to study BA Painting. Toward the end of my first academic year, I transferred to BA sculpture where I graduated (2014 to 2017). My tutor within the sculpture department was Sarah Woodfine, her practice specialises in drawing, drawing which is sculptural. Her works are produced exclusively using pencil. Sarah’s research and work encompasses folklore, mythology and personal narratives. She encouraged my sculptural developments which explored the abject, psychology, and Afro-Caribbean religion.
Recently I graduated from the Royal College of Art (RCA), I Studied MA Sculpture (2019 to 2021). I undertook my studies during the Covid-19 pandemic which was challenging and rewarding. Having completed my MA I have now specialised in drawing with acknowledgment of both Dr Zita Baracsi and Sarah Woodfine as key references.