'Holding Hands with Strangers' 2017
One of her most vulnerable and challenging performances to date, this piece pushes the boundaries of intimacy in a one to one performance by engaging in the public with an act that is usually only done with a partner or child, or close friend. Standing behind a specially made wooden structure, Laura extended her hands out to the public, beckoning them to hold her hands as they passed by. The audience members were given no context, and were allowed to stay and engage in the act for as long or as little as they wanted. The piece explored Laura's fear of physical intimacy and touch, with intent of creating a sense of unease within the participants. The act was made even more disturbing by the fact that the participants could not see the performer's face, and vice versa, completely maintaining the anonymity of each other.