Have you met…Laura Splan?


Laura Splan,Trousseau 2009 installation view, machine and hand embroidery with thread on cosmetic facial peel, mixed media dimensions variable.

Laura Splan,Trousseau 2009 installation view, machine and hand embroidery with thread on cosmetic facial peel, mixed media dimensions variable.

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Laura Splan, and I was introduced to her work by Sarah Saunders.

Laura Splan,Negligee (Serotonin) 2009 computerized machine embroidery with thread on cosmetic facial peel, dress form 64H x 16W x 16D inches.

Laura Splan,Negligee (Serotonin) 2009 computerized machine embroidery with thread on cosmetic facial peel, dress form 64H x 16W x 16D inches.

EDUCATION
Master of Fine Art, Mills College, Oakland, CA
Bachelor of Art, University of California, Irvine, CA

Laura Splan, Wallpaper 2008, site-specific instllation, Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR) hand block-printed wallpaper with blood 86H x 96W inches.

Laura Splan, Wallpaper 2008, site-specific instllation, Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR) hand block-printed wallpaper with blood 86H x 96W inches.

Laura Splan, Wallpaper (detail) 2008, site-specific instllation, Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR) hand block-printed wallpaper with blood 86H x 96W inches.

Laura Splan, Wallpaper (detail) 2008, site-specific instllation, Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR) hand block-printed wallpaper with blood 86H x 96W inches.

“Laura Splan is a Brooklyn, NY based visual artist. Her conceptually driven work employs a variety of media including sculpture, video, photography, digital media and works on paper. Her objects and images interrogate the visual and textual manifestations of our cultural ambivalence towards the human body. She often uses found objects and appropriated sources to explore socially constructed perceptions of beauty and horror, order and disorder. Much of her work is inspired by experimentation with materials and processes including blood, cosmetic facial peel and computerized embroidery. Her work has been exhibited in a broad range of curatorial contexts including craft, feminism, technology, design, medicine and ritual.”  From her website.

X-ray Visions and Morphine Dreams (installation view) ightboxes with Duratrans Light Jet print mounted on acrylic 24H x 24W inches each.

X-ray Visions and Morphine Dreams (installation view) ightboxes with Duratrans Light Jet print mounted on acrylic 24H x 24W inches each.

“Splan’s work as been exhibited widely at such venues as the Museum of Art & Design (New York, NY), the International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago, IL), the New York Hall of Science (New York, NY), and the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR). In 2011, she had a solo exhibition at the Nicolaysen Art Museum (Casper, WY). Commissioned projects for her work have included a series of graphite and soap residue paintings for the Center for Disease Control and a series of computerized machine lace doilies for the Gen Art New Media Art Exhibition. In 2007, she received a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant to research the history of medical instrumentation and anatomical representation at venues including the Wellcome Museum (London, UK) and La Specola (Florence, IT). She received an Artist’s Grant for her 2012 residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She has been a visiting lecturer on topics of Digital Art, as well as intersections of Art & Biology at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), Mills College (Oakland, CA) and Observatory (Brooklyn, NY).” From her website.

Bone Plates #, blood, archival pigment inkjet print on Tuscan Rag fine art paper 12H x 12W inches.

Bone Plates #, blood, archival pigment inkjet print on Tuscan Rag fine art paper 12H x 12W inches.

Other material relating to Laura Splan.

Artist Website: laurasplan.com

Youtube: Watching Hands Featured Artist Laura Splan.

Watching hands: Laura Splan.

MoMa P.S.1 Studio Visit: Laura Splan.

ArtSlant: Laura Splan.

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