Laura Christensen

Vintage photographs are the basis of my art. They serve as a physical foundation, a canvas for my painting, and they inspire the conceptual frameworks for my art.

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. The object-ness and formal qualities are easier to see. Subjects are freed to become characters cast in fairytales yet to be told.

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.


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