My studio mate Laurel is having a show opening this thursday at the Frey Norris gallery here in SF. Her new work is stunning. I am very proud to share it with you here:
Birds of Paradise
Made from mixed media including fake fingernails, barrettes, false eyelashes, nail polish, jewelry, walnut, swarovski crystal and standing 48 x 50 x 50 inches high.
Biodiversity Reclamation Suits for Urban Pigeons: Carolina Parakeet
crocheted yarn, hand carved pigeon mannequin, walnut stand
8 x 9 x 13 in.
Food #5, Pig
walnut, gold leaf, swarovski crystal
11 x 6 x 7 1/2 in.
I really admire Laurel as a person, her art, her work ethic, her modesty at her brilliance, her dog Fargo, her help building things, and her unexpected use of materials like fake nails painstakingly painted with a range of glittery blue polish. Forever there was a box of 1,000 hair clips in our courtyard and I would walk by and think how incredible that she has turned something so mundane and packaged into such overwhelming jaw dropping beauty like her fighting Birds of Paradise.
Here is an artist essay to get a broader scope of her work. If you're local stop by Laurel's opening this Thursday, September 3rd to see all her work in person!
Congratulations Laurel for your show!