Mixed Media Monoprint Collage on Rives BFK
30” x 30”
FEATURE ARTIST ~ Kim Laurel
Medium: Various printmaking techniques and mixed media works on paper
Studied: Oberlin College; Cleveland Institute of Art; Cleveland State University, B.A., Cum Laude; Illinois State University, M.S. Exhibited in the United States, Canada and England since 1977
2012 recent exhibitions include the "Chicago Printmakers Collaborative ANNEX - Pop Up Gallery", Chicago, Il., "Women's Works 25th Annual Exhibition", Woodstock, Il., "Pulled, Pressed & Printed—Chicago", Expo 72 Gallery, Chicago, Il. and "As They Like It: Group Exhibition", Beverly Art Center, Beverly, Il.
Recent Curatorial Work: Her Way With Print, Fletcher Hayes & Kim Laurel Collaborations: Element Flux, Ethereal Fauna: The Artist’s Muse, Tool Box Flower Box, Integrant Element Lab, Redux Loop, Wild Things and Beyond.
Public Collections Include: The Deloitte Corporate Collection, Chicago, Il -- Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA -- Center for the Visual Arts Gallery Collection,
Illinois State University -- The Mayer Collection The Jewish Community Center
My work is symbolic commentary on sociological and environmental issues in a complex and alienating society. The themes are inadequacies in society posed as 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 that mixed media collage is the most authentic and subjective tool to express my voice.
Kim’s Website: http://www.kimlaurel.com/