My work is driven by wonder. I work with the intrinsic qualities of materials creating a vocabulary that is my own, pushing and pulling limitations. I build layers of paper to manipulate light and shadows. The shadows become as much part of the piece as the art that casts them. I cut the paper by hand with an xacto knife creating precise, labor intensive pieces that remain playful and fresh. After eight years of paring my work down to a neutral (mostly white) palette, I began painting the backside of my paper with acrylic paint. This creates colored shadows, while the art remains all white. The pieces become illuminated from within becoming sculptural paintings
Laura Alexander received a MFA in Fibers from the University of Washington, Seattle and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has shown her work nationally in venues such as the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle), Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, and The Museum of Design, Atlanta. She was awarded the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) Individual Artist Fellowship in 2012 and participated in the GCAC International Exchange Program in 2014. In 2015, she received an Individual Excellence award from the Ohio Arts Council. She is represented by Hammond Harkins Galleries (Columbus), Simon Breitbard Gallery (San Francisco), and Findlay Galleries (NYC).