In the last year, Laura has departed from the large-scale dream inspired paintings for an observational approach on a smaller scale. The new paintings still exhibit the varied touch and sensitivity of color and surface present in the older work, but the subject matter has turned from the ethereal to the very concrete. One year ago Laura became a mother and for the past year her daughter, Helen has been her primary painting subject. These new paintings however could not be described as sentimental baby portraiture. While they do rely on the emotional connection between the painter and her subject, they focus on the physical in-motion reality of the child’s body. Some panels present a disjointed amalgam of fleshy parts while others reflect a still body and thus a more complete image of the sleeper.
The group discussed the difference and questioned the hierarchy between a study and a finished painting. The differences between painting from life, from a photo, or painting from memory or imagination were also debated and discussed.
Laura also shared some of her experiences with galleries and other arts professionals The group discussed the differences between studio visits with artist-peers and studio visits with gallerists and curators.
A key word for this visit could be “intimate” – a small group in an intimate space viewing intimately sized and themed paintings.