Laura's Garden: The Botanical Plates
As a collector of antique medical and botanical books, I am captivated by the graphic book plates. They are meticulous, colorful and lovely. These plates are my way of connecting the female experience - to the landscape, a theme that runs throughout much of my work.
"If you want to protect your most sacred heirlooms – your genes – bury them in spherical treasure chests. Like pearls, eggs last for decades and they’re hard to crush, and when they’re solicited for fertilization, they travel jauntily down the fallopian tube.” - excerpt from Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier
Umbilicus is a conceptual response to my life as the mother of nine children. The spherical form is an element I have referenced in my work throughout my career. It represents the womb, the original home of every living being. Whereas motherhood is a bit of a gamble in terms of predictable outcome, my work gives me a sense of control, or at least the illusion of it.
Dames of Anatomy
The Images in Dames of Anatomy address the universal aspects of the female experience. Antique glass negatives of women are scanned and combined with medical slides, obscure ephemera and selected images of my own. Although the women are nameless and forgotten, they speak a powerful language, each one initiating a quiet dialogue with the viewer.