1. Big Sleepers – monoprint and mixed media on dura-lar film installation panels; 72 x 19 in. each panel
2. Mourning Leaf – monoprint and mixed media on paper; 6 x 6 in.
My work investigates symbolic forms and shapes. Icons and totems with sociological significance. Primal experiences, nature and personal identity for example, so basic to our understanding of existence, are symbolized in this private world. Cultural icons explore the associations of figurative images and objects. I love making images with animal, plant, kimono and kite icons. I utilize printmaking and collage as an extension of drawing and painting, I have found that mixed media and collage are the most authentic and subjective tools to express my voice.
For me, art is about persistence, a life study and discipline. It is part of my life. If you pursue it a lot or a little at any one time makes no difference…just return to it again and again. Let the presence of touch back into your life and embrace the new with reference to all that you have learned.
© Kim Laurel