Laura Anderson, Painter
My work as an artist has always been inspired by the natural world—its elaborate complexities, untold mysteries, surprising commonalities, and incredible working processes. I’m interested in both macrocosm and microcosm, from plant cells, to the wings of a butterfly, to weather patterns and even the shapes of galaxies.
I’m also interested in presenting the natural world in the context of our place within it—we are part of Nature, yet we’re set apart from it in many ways. This aspect of our human experience is reflected in obsolete urban environments and other irregular places where there exists a sort of accidental collaboration between Man and Nature. It is this intersection, this duality that informs my current body of work and is manifest via drawn and painted natural imagery set against collaged representations of the man-made world.
I’ve deliberately chosen media that lends itself to a certain degree of spontaneity to emphasize the organic qualities of the subjects I paint. Working with collage, decollage, encaustic, charcoal, graphite and acrylic allows me to explore the history of process in my work via layering of structured collage elements with irregular lines, gestural brushstrokes, and fluid forms that evoke the universal visual language that is evident everywhere in Nature.