Laura Christensen

My art integrates painting, woodworking, and found materials, especially cabinet cards, cartes de visit, and vintage snapshots of people.

Like family and friends of the depicted, I pay extraordinary attention to each photograph, yet with a different eye.

By the time I find them, chains of personal connections have broken. Object-ness and formal qualities are easier to see. Subjects are freed to become characters cast in another story.

Working within confines and possibilities of each photographic object, I paint to cancel parts of images and conjure new illusions. I create a seamless image that combines past and present, photograph and painting.

Apparitions of those who posed for a camera are still visible, but transformed, and performing fresh scenes of pathos and humor. Handcrafted cabinets serve as proscenium for their stage.

With found images of moments past, I construct new surreal narratives.


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