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Laura Von Rosk

Artist’s Statement:
My paintings may be about a specific place, or a certain experience of a place, or a response to the work of other artists (most recently works by European early Renaissance masters). By using elements of landscape, mixing natural forms with memory and imagination, the images become “constructed” landscapes. Forms are repeated, emphasized, manipulated, or invented.  There is a tension between form and what’s going on in the real world. The forms (lakes, ditches, open fields, holes, icebergs, glaciers, etc.) are not just a product of what I see, but combine what I know about constructing paintings with some deep and as yet unconscious memory system with what I see in the landscape. The paintings are small in scale (average dimensions 12 inches), but my goal is to create an intimate experience of a vast, expansive space.

In the autumn of 2011 and 2015 I traveled to Antarctica to work with biologist Dr. Sam Bowser and his research team. I was there to assist with the scientific research and dive teams and, in one way or another, incorporate this experience into my own work as a visual artist. Some of my recent paintings stem from those months living in Antarctica.
 
Untitled, 12 x 12 inches, 2009. Untitled, 12 x 12 inches, 2009. Untitled 12 x 10.5 inches, 2009.
 
Untitled, 14 x 12.5 inches, 2010 Untitled, 14 x 16 inches, 2008. Untitled, 11.5 x 11 inches, 2010.