Vintage photographs are the basis of my art - both canvas and inspiration for my painting. By the time I find them, the original chains of personal connection have broken. Subjects are freed to become characters cast and costumed, players in other stories that form fresh bonds with new audiences.
When I paint, I cancel parts of images and conjure new illusions. Trying to create seamless images that combine 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.
-- Laura Christensen’s artwork has been featured in galleries and museums, including Kidspace at MASS MoCA, Tweed Museum of Art, Bennington Museum, Simmons College, and The Hyde Collection. Awards include MASS MoCA’s “Assets for Artists” Professional Development Grant and two Artists’ Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Grants, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Christensen’s book project THEN AGAIN features her artworks along with poetic and narrative responses to her art written by several top-notch authors.