ARTIST STATEMENT: Statement: Laura McCallum
The nature of my work tends to be reductive, otherworldly, with a subtle surrealistic undertone. I pare the subject of my work down to its essential element: an opening, a sphere, a pod, an egg. The forms are infused with symbolism, usually kept intentionally enigmatic. This allows the viewer space to put personal meaning into the work.
Mine is a process-centered art, and I get lost in it. My studio is my sanctuary. I enter, close the door: little outside noise, no phone, no people, no work other than my artwork. I work; the images and object come out. I am keenly aware of the shapes and colors I select. I labor over the contrast of line, form and hue. There are times in the process that the work becomes meditative. Repeating images, repeating tasks, I lose myself in my work.
My life so far has not been a linear progression, and I am always amazed to see where I am today. I grew up in bucolic Oregon and was strongly influenced by Japanese aesthetics that fit naturally there. From my family I learned to value our fragile environment and the rights of all people. I grew up to become a pacifist and believe that diplomacy can solve more than war.
I live and work in Brooklyn. As an adventure I moved to New York in 1981 from the Olympic Peninsula. I love adventure and see my life as a series of adventures. These adventures have taken me to experiences both spectacular and mundane. I have learned much from both. I love embarking into new territory—both terrestrial and cerebral. The artwork I create reflects these experiences.