In this exhibition, entitled sumVigour, Aldridge presents a group of ten new works created in her studio over the last few months, which offer new developments in surface, scale, arrangement and sensory affect in her use of ceramic and textiles. Vibrant and tactile, Laura Aldridge's work engages, embraces, all our senses. Taking many forms and scales, her work derives from her deep-seated instinct for colour and texture, and from the knowing and intuitive approach she takes to making and to materials and their possibilities. Her body of work moves freely between wall-based reliefs and sculptural assemblages of installations, playing the abilities of 'collage' to operate in thow and three-dimensions. She has herself described her work as a form of expanded collage, and she often arranges elements of her works upon tables, low plinths or across gallery walls to bring 'things' together so that they might coalesce as a whole.
Of the exhibition's title, sumVigour, Aldridge has explained: "I wanted to combine some words, to make a new thought for what I was doing. I noticed how words increasingly appear as hashtags and how, often, this affects how you read and take in information. 'Sum' works for me because to hear it, you could be saying 'some' - as in 'with some vigour' - but to see and read it - it speaks of addition, of two or more of something. Then, to have that mundane word next to something much bigger and more assertive - VIGOUR. I like it because it speaks to something beyond the singular - to groups, combines and energy".