Laura Moriarty in the Gallery

The SLCA would like to introduce you to Laura Moriarty who will be at the Gallery from Nov. 15-Dec 31, 2017.

Taking poetic license with geology, Laura Moriarty compares processes of the studio with processes of the earth. The forms, colors, textures and patterns of her sculptural paintings result from forces similar to those that shape and reshape the earth: heating and cooling, erosion, subduction, friction, enfolding, weathering and slippage. Layers of color form the strata of a methodology in which the immediacy of the hand can translate a sense of deep time. Working and reworking molten, richly pigmented beeswax, Moriarty builds each painting/object through a slow, simple yet strenuous physical engagement, which often becomes a metaphor for the ephemerality of life and civilization.

Laura’s honors include a 2016 Individual Support Grant from the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, a residency at the Baer Art Center in Iceland (2016), a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship (2015), two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants (2007, 1997), a Frans Masereel Center Residency, Belgium (2004, 2000), and a Ucross Foundation Residency (1996).

Her work is exhibited widely and featured in many books and publications, including Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life, edited by Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse, and published by Punctum Books (2013). Her work has been reviewed and featured in The New York TimesBeautiful Decay MagazineArtillery Magazine, New Art Examiner and The Plain Dealer, among others. She is the author of an artist’s book, Table of Contents, self-published in 2012.