Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Fisher.
Laura, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always been an artist, sometimes in traditional ways – like going to art school, and painting here in LA – and sometimes in non-traditional ways. For example, while my children were small, I did a lot of sewing, and I’ve always cooked and baked and canned and so on. Photography has been a consistent pleasure and pursuit for me throughout the years. And I often have an electronics project on the go. I’m a polymath at heart – I’m always making something.
I lived in Illinois and Michigan most of my life, and have been in Los Angeles for 4 years now. I love it here, and finally, feel like I’m fitting in and finding my way a bit. It is an incredible city, and I am so amazed at and inspired by the wealth of creativity here.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My current art practice is centered on painting. I work mostly with water-soluble oils, though I do use watercolors sometimes for sketches and studies. My paintings are landscapes – not factual pictures of real places, but images abstracted from the ideas of place and travel and memory. I like to think of them as virtual road trips, combining all the little-remembered glimpses and feelings from a trip into one cohesive terrain.
I use lots of smooth horizontal curves and vertical slices to construct visual puzzles, keeping the viewer guessing as to what is in front and what is behind, what is near and what is distant. I use subtle color gradients to help guide viewers’ eyes through these constructed environments and to suggest both motion and the passage of time.
The idea of seemingly disparate things coming together in harmony is a theme in my current work. There are so many forces trying to divide us right now – by gender, by race, by class, by origin – but we all exist under the same sky, we all see the same horizon. I want to inspire viewers to see that bringing different perspectives together is possible and makes for an overall vision that is intriguing and harmonious and greater than the sum of its parts.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
Artists have always been mirrors on society – both the good and the bad parts. Art inspires us to look deeper, to examine, to turn things on their heads, to fight those who would oppress us, and to love what is true. That certainly hasn’t changed.
But art is also important for reminding us of why we struggle against evil. Beautiful and elegant and loving images show us that we can find (and create) delight and peace even in the midst of strife. I do believe that it is possible for humans to live together in harmony, and I am spurred on by art that helps me remember and focus on that idea.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I show my work whenever I can – whether it’s in group shows or solo shows. I post works in progress on Instagram, so that’s a good place to look. And I send out a newsletter with upcoming show news – you can sign up from my website.
As for support, the simple answer is to buy a painting! But I also really enjoy hearing specific feedback about my work. It’s good to know whether my intentions are coming through, or if I’m missing the mark, so even if you can’t take a piece home, letting me know what you see in it, and what you like (or don’t like!) is super useful and supportive.
- Website: https://laurafisher.art
- Phone: 323-909-2468
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artistlaurafisher/