Laura Williams
Botanically Influenced

Opening Reception: Sunday, December 8, 2013    2-5pm

Exhibition dates: November 23, 2013 - January 30, 2014

Gallery hours: M-F 10-6, S 10-2
The Framer's Corner, 210 West Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510  919.929.3166

Artist Statement 

There is a lot of back and forth between my pattern images and my photography. It a convoluted path. Everything influences everything and I don't really separate out my fabric patterns from my photography. This most recent series of photographs began as a way of investigating the gesture and shape of natural objects which I had intended to use in my patterns. I quickly realized that the photos were their own thing. I am still waiting for what I have learned to bounce back into the patterns. I know it's there, I just have not had time to turn it in another direction.

I was given a Brownie camera when I was six, and I still remember taking my first photographs and the magic and frustration of making images that resonated with what I was seeing versus what the camera saw. So photography has been there since the beginning. It is a huge influence. It is an essential part of the foundation of my visual language, as much as painting is. All of my work slowly marches forward and each stream references the other and influences the creative choices I make. The only real difference is the medium I am using. A mark looks different in graphite, paint or pixels, or light, but the making of the mark comes from the same emotional content. It is an expression of body/gesture and memory/feeling and much of this is rooted in experiencing nature. Each medium has different challenges and limitations and the exploration of these boundaries influences the explorations in all mediums. I can't and don't want to say, 'I am a photographer or I am a painter or I am a designer.' I am an artist and I have something to say—all this stuff is an attempt to get really good at articulating it. It is all just beginning to make sense to me. Of course tomorrow I could be thoroughly confused again, and that is just part of the process.

Laura Williams

Laura Williams: Rain

Rain

Laura Williams

Laura Williams: Octopus Trail

Octopus Trail