Laura's Garden: The Botanical Plates
As a collector of antique medical and botanical books, I am captivated by the graphic and informative book plates. They are meticulous, colorful, intricate and lovely. These plates are my way of connecting my experience -the female experience - to the landscape, a theme that runs throughout much of my work.
Umbilicus is a visual depiction of my life as both artist and the mother of nine. I sculpt my own orbs from various materials and print my own canvas backdrops sourced from antique glass plates. As a collector of mannequins, oddities and organic forms from the natural world, I arrange these elements to create "sets" which I playfully refer to as mother-worlds.