In the practice of my art I explore what it is to be a human in this world, both individually and collectively. I am interested in how the human psyche perceives and constructs reality, subjective experiences, illusion and disillusion. I render narrative figurative images, often in a fragmented way, to evoke emotional, psychological, or spiritual states and suggest human vulnerability when facing the discrepancy between desires and reality.
My recent work of mixed media drawings on fabric mounted on wood panels (The New American Toile series) and fabric remnants (The New American Toile Remnants series) mounted on paper use the French 18th century designs of Toile de Jouy as the starting point. I juxtapose the background printed fabric narrative of a pastoral past populated by idyllic figures with a foreground of contemporary situations. Homelessness, gun violence, and other current controversies are in direct contrast to the nostalgic, sanitized, leisurely decorum of these historical toile patterns. The figures inhabiting this fragmented world create visual commentaries on the contradictions, changes and complexities of contemporary life. With undertones of foreboding, wanting and dismay, these works delve into the world of reality and fantasy.
In the Vignette series I use printed vignettes from French 18th Toile de Jouy and early American patterns on paper and juxtapose drawn images from contemporary life and daily news stories.
Like a sound bite, tweet or brief wire news update, these vignettes show a brief incident, scene or narrative that shades off gradually into the surrounding paper. It is in our consciousness for a second until the next news flash or viral YouTube video comes into our conscious space for a nano second.
As in my New American Toile series and the New American Toile Remnants series, these works reconsider the relationship between what remains, what is scrapped and what is made new in society’s collective consciousness, if only for a brief moment.
Artist Bio / CV
Laurel Garcia Colvin’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in several New York City galleries and galleries throughout the United States including Illinois, Texas, New York, Florida, Connecticut, California and New Jersey, as well as galleries in Spain and Ireland. Her work has been included in art fairs in New York City, Miami and Boston. She has been awarded a Saltonstall residency, Puffin Foundation grant, and Project Room solo exhibition at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. She has received many positive reviews of her work in the New York Times and other tri-state newspapers. Her works are in private and corporate collections in England, Ireland, Brazil, New York, California, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Texas, including the private collections of Jacqueline Adler Walker and Arthur W. Walker, Doreen and Gilbert Bassin, Judith and Stanley Zabar, Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger, Livia and Marc Straus, Lawrence B. Benenson, and Rebecca Miller and Daniel Day-Lewis, and the corporate collections of Logos Consulting Group (NYC) and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (Purchase, NY).
Ms. Garcia Colvin received her BFA and MFA with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and did post-graduate studies at Pratt Institute. She was on the faculty in the Art Department of the University of Texas in Austin for many years where she taught drawing and art /museum education courses. She lives and works in Chappaqua, New York.