monoprint/collage on Rives BFK; 15 x 15 in.
My work is symbolic commentary on sociological and environmental issues in a complex and alienating society. The themes are inadequacies in society posed as an allegory. Primal experiences, nature and personal identity for example, so basic to our understanding of existence, are symbolized in this allegorical world. Contemporary cultural icons and words are used to enhance or countermand the associations of the figurative images and symbols, emphasizing the dichotomy between physical self survival and spiritual isolation.
Utilizing printmaking and collage as an extension of drawing and painting, I have found that in the realm of two dimensional expression, mixed media collage is the most authentic and subjective tool to express my voice.
© Kim Laurel