NOSTALGIC, 11_5_2018, 7:56pm. Repurposed Mr. president cloth bag made by the people of Rwanda and Kenya, who are inspired by Barack Obama. Bought on clearance for $2.99 at ABC Carpet and Home by Laurie M. years ago. Faux cloth pocket, gold ink, true indigo watercolor made with holy water from Pura Tirta Empul, Bali, Indonesia, linen thread.
Laurie M. wanted to embroider the word NOSTALGIC on the eve of the most important mid-term election to be held in the USA history but knew she wouldn’t have the time to do so. Repurposing her MR. PRESIDENT cloth bag and another cloth bag she improvised and created this in the spirit of countless other Americans that have combined their ideas and creative thoughts to voice their freedom of speech through banners, buttons, dance, posters, song, utilitarian objects, and works of art. Laurie M. used it on the day of the primaries as her work bag, carrying it with her as she worked inside a museum in NYC on Nov. 6th.
Brass plate, DAT Tape, leather strap, nightstick, paper booklet, paper tube, press type, 1991
The Devil Made Me Do It, 1991 was created as a promo for the artist PARIS and his LP "The Devil Made Me Do It". It was one of my portfolio pieces in response to the ongoing police violence against people of color that was omnipresent while attending college in NYC.
This work was supposed to be a part of our "history" but instead it has continued to reflect additional lives taken prematurely. It is part of the ongoing manifestation of 25 years of me processing Rodney King and todays current events in America through a body of work I never knew I would still be creating twenty five years later.
Clay, oil paint, handmade paper handles, 1987
He Disappeared (Homage to Andy Warhol 1987)
Three quarters view, hand built clay bust with finger applied oil paint.
Created in February 1987, the week Andy Warhol died. Laurie M. thought she would meet Andy when she moved to NYC for college. Andy died just before he was supposed to attend a Christopher Makos opening in Minneapolis where Laurie M’s initial contact with him was going to take place.
Cast plaster, photography, 2008-2010