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Check out Laura Krifka ‘s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Krifka.

Laura, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in Los Angeles and my parents divorced when I was young. My life between these two households were very happy but very different. My dad was a writer, trumpet player and full-time flirt who remarried a Christian Scientist. My mother is funny and vivacious, and recommitted herself to Christianity and remarried a former Seventh-Day Adventist pastor when I was six. My Stepdad eventually took a job at a Seventh-Day Adventist nursing home and we moved onto the property. I lived and worked there in the summers and attended a very small religious high school nearby. There were 24 kids in my class. We were taught creation theory and weren’t allowed to dance. In the summers I worked at the nursing home, painting nails, watching “I Love Lucy” and putting on a one-woman show of charades for stroke victims. It was a peculiar environment to become a woman in. By the time I graduated high school, my father had died of early-onset Alzheimer’s and my stepmom had died of complications from untreated pneumonia. When I turned eighteen, I left for Europe and then Australia to try and build my own life after a great deal of heartache. These experiences made me highly skeptical of dogma, very aware of my own mortality and looking for ways to interpret the world in a meaningful way. Basically, becoming an artist is the only option if these are your main characteristics. So, here we are.

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?
I make paintings that dissect the way power and identity are constructed in visual culture. I am interested in how the language of art history has blended with film and photography, dissolving distinctions between high and low and making visual factuality tenuous. There is a sense of privacy and intimacy in my paintings, but these spaces are anonymous in nature, like a found photo in a gutter that reveals too much and also not enough to be truly informative. Our own gaze becomes a major component in reading each piece, drawing attention to our own personal systems of coding. Ultimately, the loss of the image’s authority alludes to the ways that our pleasures and perversions have been molded by the fictions that permeate our ubiquitous visual culture. My paintings probe the gray area of desire and objectification, creating a space to contemplate the hunger of our own gaze.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Be kind. Work harder than everybody. You are the only person that is going to advocate for you so get good at it. Try to help others as much as you can. Most importantly, your work is the thing that matters the most. Beyond the networking and strategizing and all of that stuff, if the work isn’t there then it will never come to anything anyway, so fight for it.

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?
My work can be seen at Luis De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.

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Laura Krifka

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