Artist name: Laura Bedard
Featured Work 1: “Find,” Mixed Media
Laura Bedard‘s art conveys a sense of ethereal mystery, wherein forms with wavering edges float, recede, morph and evolve within layered, cloud-like surfaces before our eyes. Mesmerizing works in muted, natural palettes are reminiscent of both the micro-environment of cells and the vast, all encompassing universe. Through these organic compositions, Bedard explores natural, psychological and emotional spaces with both an appreciation for the familiar and a reverence for the unknown.
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5 Questions for the Artist:
1. What is art to you?
Art is something that has been with me since I was very young. It makes me look closer at the spaces we sometimes overlook. Art is that itch that keeps me questioning and working.
2. What did you make in the past and why?
My art in the past was realistic. Early on, I was interested in science and the human body, but I looked at it differently. I drew mostly portraits or still lifes. Later, I began to explore printmaking and work abstractly.
3. What are you making now and why?
Now, I’m working on abstract mixed-media pieces. I like to combine printmaking, painting and collage. I am very interested in the inner workings of the body and the micro universes that inhabit it. I have become especially fascinated by cells, eggs, tissues and bone structures. I am also in the early stages of illustrating a second children’s book with my sister. Our first book, published last year, is called “My Adoption Feelings.”
4. What are your hopes for the future?
I hope to create some larger scale triptychs one day. Last year, my sister and I wrote a children’s book. We are currently working on a second children’s book about adoption. We hope to keep writing books focusing on adoption that will benefit the adoption community. We want to deal with some of the challenging and emotional issues children and parents may face around adoption.
5. What else would you like to say?
Visit my website laurabedard.com!
Artist Supplied Background:
As a child, Laura Bedard was very interested in science. She quickly began devouring National Geographic magazines each month, studying them from cover to cover. Bedard began to draw pictures of whatever area of science she was interested in. Most of these images came from National Geographic magazines. One day it was whales and dolphins; another she would be drawing distant planets. Over time, she began focusing on a career in art. Upon entering the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, she began thinking about what really interested her about science so much when she was younger. Why was she so fascinated with celestial spaces? Soon she began creating work focusing on the human body and on celestial spaces.
Bedard’s work has both a biological and celestial feel. Photographs of worlds that were once invisible to us are what spark that creative section of her brain. We now see images of galaxies and micro worlds that never existed before. She is fascinated by the inner-workings of the body and the micro-universes that inhabit it. Also the spaces around us fascinate her, especially the microscopic and vast universes. Although Bedard is fascinated by the science of the body, she does not literally replicate scientific concepts — she is interested in the feeling, space, and fluidity within our bodies.
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