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ARTIST  STATEMENT

I remember when I was 6 years old wearing my favorite cotton dress with wide blue and white stripes. I smell the lush, green grass, under the shade of trees. I stretch my arms wide and twirl and spin. I feel the breeze on my skin, my hair flies around my head, colors blur, I feel a little dizzy. At that moment I’m – almost – floating. It’s both thrilling and frightening to feel that free. My goal with my painting is to glimpse a bit of that feeling by loosening the ties that bind that are dictated externally and internally, to break the rules, to risk failure in order to fly.

I grew up in Yonkers NY and became interested in photography in high school. I taught myself how to take an interesting picture and a classmate taught me to develop and print black and white photographs. I began to look at my environment, for the first time, with an aesthetic eye, in terms of compositional elements, light and dark, area of focus, etc. I attended the State University of New York at Purchase to study art where we were encouraged to take risks and create without self-imposed limits. I studied photography as well as painting, and other media, which opened up a whole new world for me. Now I create mixed media pieces combining acrylic paint, paper and graphite or ink. I have lived and worked in New York City since 1980. 

Much of my work is about my process, my fingerprint, my handwriting. I enjoy pushing my own boundaries, trying different techniques, avoiding that comfortable place, setting new challenges for myself. My work ranges from purely abstract to objective, using a face, figure or landscape as a familiar structure to explore and stretch with abstract interpretations. 


Laura Salzberg
New York City


Education:

  • 1979 SUNY at Purchase  BFA in Visual Arts

  • 1983 Bank Street College of Education  MS in Special Education

  • 2009 - present  The Art Studio New York

  • Spring 2018   Art2life Creative Visionary Path

 

Exhibitions

  • 2018 Catalyst Gallery Annual Small Works Show

  • 2018 Atlantic Gallery Small Works Big Hearts

  • 2018 Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery

  • 2014 The Art Studio New York Gallery

  • 2012 The Art Studio New York Gallery

Commissions

  • 2018 Album Cover Art for Connections CD  by Bill Stevens, New York City

  • 2018 DVD Cover Art for  Music For Dance by Bill Stevens, New York City

  • 2016 Album Cover Art for Spoken Word Project CD by Bill Stevens, New York City