Laura Rhodebeck Joseph
I have been awed and bound by the beauty of the world since I was a child. When I discovered art I knew it was my way to capture and interpret the authentic self using composition, line, shape, color, and anything else I could employ in telling our stories. Through landscape, which I see as a mirror of the lives in which we are all participating, I am inspired by light which can transform all that exists in the natural world into timeless possibilities in the psyche. People’s faces, their stories, what they write or have written in the past, and how they have wasted their time also interest me; I am a voracious reader of magazines, newspapers, classic and current literature, poetry, essays, and pop culture; and I am inspired by all genres of music and film. I use materials at hand, whether they be sewing patterns, fabrics, trims, sticks, stones, nails, seed pods, rusty tools, scraps of canvas, bones, old jewelry, typography, magazines, dog collars, or vegetable seeds, because I firmly believe (having spent a good part of my childhood on a farm) that nothing should go to waste. I am a naturalist at heart and believe our true wealth lies in the land we plant our feet on, and that every inanimate thing has an essence that can be interpreted. As an artist I am excited to provide that venue by using found and discarded objects in my work. Pastels and acrylic paints are my most go-to mediums, but I also work in watercolor, encaustic, and collage. Color, composition, and pattern are the core of my visual imagery.
Jung Haus, Spring 2013 McConnell Arts Center, Summer 2013
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