Laura Keeble

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Laura Keeble is a London based artist whose works often use unconventional materials, many with references to consumerism and the contemporary art market.

Her recent sculpture series interprets familiar, commonly seen objects and global brand logos using reclaimed church stained glass: Starbucks cups, McDonalds happy meals and CCTV cameras are just a few of the objects that she has cut from original antique church windows, made fantastic and divine with this stunning, discarded material. 

Laura Keeble earned immediate attention in 2007 when she parodied Damien Hirst’s “For the love of God”, in which she created a replica using a medical model skull with 6,522 Swarovski crystals and left it in a pile of trash bags. That same year, she built a corporate cemetery, erecting tombstones for brands like Chanel, Nike, and McDonalds. Her sculptures takes these ideas one step further.

Laura Keeble says she had been interested in the use of stained glass and the symbolic significance of sacred and holy relics and objects for some time: “I find the aspect of ‘magical thinking’ a very interesting thought process, that no matter what culture we originate from this thought that an object can have such divine powers as to control a situation externally from itself has thrived for centuries.”

Stained glass was originally used by the church to tell stories of the Bible for parishioners who were unable to read. It was also believed that when the light from the sun shone through those images, they were some how purified and made sacred. “Antique stained glass coming from church windows really gives the idea a weight and authenticity but also discusses the idea of an object having magical, sacred properties. It becomes a relic in its own right,” she says.

“I am interested in creating a pause. A brief moment in time, when a double-take allows for an internal question, a need to assess or understand.
I use symbolism and familiarities of the everyday to question what is dictated to us.” – Laura Keeble

'Lichtenstein Coin Paintings' by Laura Keeble, Enamel paintings of comic design on two pence pieces
'Warhol Coin Paintings' by Laura Keeble, enamle paintings of Marilyn Monoe, Warhol style on two pence pieces.
pandora's box bargain bucket by laura keeble, sculpture of a red and a blue bucket using reclaimed stained glass
forgive us our sins by laura keeble, sculpture of starbucks drinks holders using antique reclaimed stained glass
The glass slippers by laura keeble, original sculpture of a trainer and box using antique stained glass
Icon-IV-Coca Cola by Laura Keeble, sculpture of a coca cola bottle using reclaimed antique stained glass
Icon I-coco chanel by laura keeble, sculpture of the Chanel symbol using reclaimed antique stained glass