Laura I’s art goes beyond the canvas. She understands paint as more than a means of creating the image. For Laura I. paint is a medium unto itself; malleable, indulgent and to be sculpted in line with its free, playful spirit.
Laura’s unique 3D paintings bridge the gulf between the fluid, graceful movement of dance and the stillness of traditional painting; creating her own art which Laura describes as “Performance Paintings”. These works are not defined by the theatrical performance of the artist, but rather each piece takes its lead in the action. In Laura’s 3D art the work undergoes a radical transformation; departing the realm of the passive object to greet the living dimension of the active subject.
“Imagine a painting that is alive; like the plants growing in your window or flowers blossoming in your garden. You witness their transformation and in that brief moment of witnessing you freeze time; establishing a moment of unspoken unity between subject and object. A moment where materiality and possibility are overcome by the imagination.”- Laura I
Laura’s art is absent the motive which characterized the impressionist movement. It does not confront the question of finding an idealised visual representation of any particular emotional or spiritual state. Rather, Laura’s 3D paintings attempt to resolve with paint the contradiction which arises from the experience of being in the world; the paradox between eternities’s potential and the limitation of every now.
In Laura’s art, paint acquires new dimensions and visual qualities to create a momentary world which has no boundaries. The paint is no longer mere material which sits on the canvas passively waiting to be seen. The paint becomes a ‘living’ object, a part of the experienced world which reaches out and grabs attention. The juxtaposition of this blurred relationship between the art and the artist, the work and the witness is most clearly contained in Laura’s contribution to fashion- her wearable art.
“My paintings are like a film you’re watching where forms and shapes are moving; literally dancing before your eyes and invoking long-forgotten memories of a childish world with no rules; transporting you back to that world of childhood games” - Laura I.
The distinct energy present in Laura’s relationship to paint as medium comes to fruition in the flux of the natural world, symbolizing the relationship between the artist and her creation. The paint becomes alive through the deliberately-formed, organic shapes which characterise Laura’s radically unique 3D paintings. Sculpted flowers, intertwining leaves and stems are playful manipulations of paint, purposely positioned by the artist, to create the unusual, yet breath-taking beauty present in Laura’s extraordinary accumulations of paint.
The passion and vitality of the final art is overwhelming; the viewer embarks on an aesthetic journey through raw, thick, straight-from-the-tube textures which combine in a cornucopia of colours as dazzling as white light but yet present in their distinctive individual form.
A less apparent influence behind the work is the role that machines and tools play in the application of paint; they are fundamental to the production but remain hidden. The fantastical landscaped imagery of nature is thus also a disguised metaphor for the artificial landscape of the 21st century metropolis. City landscapes use mechanical tools to constantly shift and re-shape the urbanite’s perceptions of a “natural” environment. These hidden mechanisms have a profound effect on the cultural and social milieu of city living.
Laura’s work contrasts the manufactured imagery inherent in all art with the authentic and innocent beauty of the natural environment. A raging torrent of natural imagery is combined with vivid colours which are at one time intimate, sensual and tangible.