Laura Jean McLaughlin

Bliss by Laura Jean McLaughlin, Photo is by Roy Engelbrecht
Friday, August 11, 2017 to Sunday, October 29, 2017

Shards in Leotards

"Shards in Leotards reflects the confluence of the various artforms that I express my view of the world through. Shards and broken pieces are reassembled in various ways to convey new meanings and visual experiences, which is a wonderful metaphor for the notion that each individual is made up of widely different experiences and stories that make them unique. I am very much interested in the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi and Kintsugi which both embrace beauty in imperfection. Schlumpy Funk is the main art movement that I align myself with."

The exhibition will be an amalgamation of old and new ceramics, prints, paintings and mosaic sculptures scattered throughout the gallery to re-create a studio setting. One of the central pieces of the exhibition will be a collaborative, interactive mosaic that will encourage visitors to the gallery to glue ceramic pieces to a template concrete board that will be color coded with the ceramic tiles. Detailed directions posted on the gallery wall will guide the visitors through the steps of gluing down shards of tiles onto the mosaic mural.

Artist Talk: October 26, 6:00pm

Workshop: TBD

About the Artist:

Laura Jean McLaughlin received an MFA in ceramics from West Virginia
University. Laura Jean’s work has been exhibited in over one hundred galleries
and museums. She is a recipient of the Maggie Milono Memorial Award from the Carnegie
Museum of Art and three prestigious residencies from Kohler Company in
Wisconsin. Laura Jean Has created over 100 collaborative mosaic murals and installation throughout the city of Pittsburgh and as far away as Tolne Denmark. She also created a large set of
mosaic mural steps with the Southside community and will be creating another
set of steps this summer with the Stanton Heights community.