The art experience is both my quest and reward. My art is about female identity, socialization, and spirituality. Art heals and communicates since that’s what it does for me. To me, Art is a mirror, an expression of the unknown self, communicating its own truth.
I combine ideas and materials to manifest an inspiration and challenge into a visual form made of personal reflections and perspectives on being a woman, an activist, and an artist. Super Powers is a contrasting idea between the silliness and strangeness of two toys with magical abilities. Eve’s Council shows a confident Eve in the center of a circus show look surrounded by a menagerie of critter-type characters. Two snakes entwine her arms and rise above her, representing wisdom. Archangel is a winged teddy, lingerie clothing, also known as a braslip, worn by women, often sexy in style. I’m contrasting sexiness with celestial holiness.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Achievements include two-time Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship grantee; five-time-winner of the Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant; Clowes Fellowship; Lafayette Art Museum Fellowship; one of twelve women artists chosen to represent Indiana at the National Museum for Women in the Arts; Gallery 84 member, New York City; Woman Made Gallery International Exhibitor & member, Chicago; North Adams Contemporary Artist Center Fellowship, and numerous art competitions, awards, & solo exhibitions.
I have a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Purdue University and a BA degree with teacher certification in art education, physical education, photography, and a concentration in drawing and painting. I taught art at the secondary level in West Lafayette, Indiana, for 35 years. I retired from public education in 2009. My art studio is in Brookston, Indiana. I focus on painting, mix-media, and writing.
© Louie Laskowski