"In 2020, the remaining flats of Woolwich's Morris Walk Estate were demolished. Built in the 1960s, the Morris Walk Estate blocks had been ahead of their time, precast in sections before being fitted together like puzzles. They were a democratic way of building social housing: all the same, all moulds of each other - and the precise opposite of the individual craftsmanship used in the construction of Two Temple Place. Lawrence spent some of her childhood years in the Morris Walk Estate, and was struck by the stark contrast with Astor's unique building.
Perfectly neat, but not fine is a playful juxtaposition, where a pre-fabbed mantelpiece similar to one that may have been found in the Morris Estate reflects the ornately carved fireplace lost from the Great Hall in war bombing.
Using techniques from the building such as wood carving and moulding, Lawrence builds her sculpture with soap that she has scented with cedarwood to bring out the smell of the surrounding panelling. The textured wallpaper reminds her of her old flat while the silverfish, a motif that recurs in her work and among the oldest creatures on the planet, evoke decay and structural damage."
- Two Temple Place.
Perfectly neat, but not fine, 2023. soap infused with cedar essential oil, wood, acrylic.
Research and process display at Two Temple Place for 'Perfectly neat, but not fine', 2023.
Exhibited as part of 'Inside' curated by Thorp Stavri and Two Temple Place.
Silverfish Frieze, 2023. woodcut print onto paper, edition of 15.
Silverfish Study, 2022. woodcut print onto paper, edition of 8.