Laurie M.’s multidisciplinary work originates from life and the art she has been has been intensely
absorbing since she was eight years old, when she silently declared herself an artist after recovering
from encephalitis. It was in that moment she was confronted with the dualities of life: fear/anger
/sadness/and joy. She began to visually communicate these dualities through her work. Her visual
reactions to these dualities take many forms and are explored in a variety of media, including
charcoal, word embroideries, oils, pencil, photography, stickers etc. The final medium depends on
the evolution of a concept. This duality work shifted in the 90’s with work about police brutality just
before the Rodney King verdict and a poster design about racism. It continues today with recent works,
a word embroidery, RIOT to remember the 25th anniversary of that verdict, and two large paintings, REBELLION & NEWARK IS JOY and the creation of Newark Is..., a program for the 1967/50th anniversary of the Newark Rebellion at the Newark Museum. The event broke records with six hundred and seven people in attendance, including many esteemed elders of the Newark community. Her current work draws on the duality of raw emotions associated with yearning for truth and beauty within a painful existence. Visual metaphors often convey life events that are too difficult to express in any other way. Complications of the heart, frequently the disconnection of male and female relationships, provide powerful content, while highly rendered focal points, such as a singular floating object, contrast with unfinished, skewed, horizontal backgrounds.
Laurie M. made two declarations for the new year, before the new year even started in 2017: ABUNDANT JOY and ANGELIC PATIENCE. Both declarations are further explorations of two of her expanding bodies of work, WORDS ON PAPER and DUALITY WORD EMBROIDERIES.
Within the duality theme she has been consciously exploring JOY specifically, for years, and joy has been taking physical form in the world through new works. “My Generosity Joy Snowstorm (IKEA)”, employs visual metaphors that clearly convey the healing power of pure joy. Laurie M. dreams of a collective world where all people experience joy. What would that look like? What would that feel like, to experience joy no matter where you were in the world with other people? Can all beings achieve joy collectively around the world?
Is that even possible?
Laurie M. has participated in numerous historic shows including, Here Is New York in, SOHO in, 2001,
Life of the City, at the Museum of Modern Art in, 2002. More recently she has shown her political work as
a participant in Debtfair/Occupy Museums, at the Whitney Biennial 2017, 350 Portraits of Newark, as part of the OPEN DOORS Citywide Arts Festival in Newark in 2016, Finished, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
2015 and a solo show entitled SOUL BABY at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ in 2015, and was selected as
a participant in the 2017 Creative Capital’s Professional Development Workshop in 2017 and was selected
as a copyist with the Metropolitan Museum of Art 2017 Copyist Program. Group show, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017, Case Studies at Gallery Aferro in, Newark, NJ in 2018. Laurie M. graduated from the School of Visual Arts.