Today we’d like to introduce you to Laurie Shapiro.
Laurie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always had a passion for creating art and worlds from my imagination. When I was in high school, I read a lot of books about spirituality and one’s inner journey. Maybe being so introspective and critical at that age led me to also question what I wanted to do in this world. It wasn’t until I was at school at Carnegie Mellon that I realized being an artist was realistically very possible.
I moved to LA in July of 2017 because I felt in my heart a deep need to. My first LA show “Before You Were Born,” opened at Radiant Space January 6. On opening night, the line to get into the womb-like installation of mixed media paintings extended around the block. Working with Radiant Space has been an amazing experience that has also connected me to other creative people in Los Angeles. I’m really grateful that I am able to live, create and work with other people who share similar visions.
Carnegie Mellon’s motto was a quote by Andrew Carnegie – “My heart is in the work.” I feel that way every time I am making artwork – it is something I have a deep passion and love for.
The next time to see my work will be this March 15-18. I will be displaying at “The Other Art Fair” at the Majestic in Downtown LA. I also do studio visits by appointment.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Every struggle is a lesson and I am constantly learning. You climb one mountain, only to get to the top and realize there is another mountain you could not see before. This is life: a constant search and find. I’m realizing that the enjoyment is in the climb, not just reaching peaks. Change is a constant and necessary element to continuous growth.
Please tell us about Laurie Shapiro.
I’m a mixed media artist who makes paintings and installation art. Sometimes my pieces are displayed on the walls and sometimes they create immersive environments.
A lot of my work is big, raw and emotional. It’s intuitive, spiritual and honest. I’ve also been making smaller watercolors lately and I am planning on venturing into making specialized clothing items.
Some people say my work is like nothing they have ever seen before. I’ve always felt that what sets my work (or anybody’s work for that matter) apart is that it should come authentically from you and your connection to the divine.
That being said, LA is a creative vortex and I am very inspired by what I see happening in various creative communities here.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
State of mind is everything, so I’d tell myself to always appreciate and be kind. Enjoy everything, put forth your best and expect nothing – because life is full of wonderful surprises that you cannot predict! Also, always be confident in yourself – only you know your answers.
- Website: www.looure.com
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