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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 European early Renaissance paintings, as well as 13th – 15th  century Persian manuscripts). 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).

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 (Tree)
oil on wood, 12" x 12 ".  2017
Untitled (River),
oil on wood, 12" x 9.5.  2016
Fire,
oil on wood, 12" x 12", 2015
 
Untitled (trees in water),
oil on wood, 12" x 12".  2013
Back Hill,
oil on wood, 14" x 12", 2015
Untitled (rocks),
oil on wood, 12" x 12". 2013