Laura Harris Artist Statement:
Fuelled by good coffee and the music of Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and Patty Griffin, my mornings Are spent in my 8 x 12ft studio. When people ask me for a tour of my studio, I have to laugh... it's small but I couldn't ask for more. There's paint on the walls, the ceiling, on the curtains and rug, and I love that no one has asked me to clean it up. Music loud, I can't help but wiggle a bit and I think that movement finds its way into the paintings... I can see it in the strokes. I trust the mistakes feel that a successful painting is one that conveys my emotion.
A lot of my work has a 'big sky' feel to it. While creating these, I am generally aware of a lost connection between people. We live in a world where cell phones and blackberries are often getting more affection than our family and friends. I fear that a loss of intimacy and connection is growing. The splatters of paint represent people or souls,rising from the ground up into the horizon... open and searching, connecting, together. The black represents the chaos of daily life, and the brightness represents hope, calm, and the inner-peace I feel when I stop... like when I watch my husband and daughter beachcombing together and for that moment, there's nothing else in the whole world.