Laura Gurton


From the Unknown Species series #56, 2012, oil and alkyd on panel, 24 x 36 in.

From the Unknown Species series #5, 2010, oil and alkyd on linen, 14 x 11 in.

From the Unknown Species series #4, 2010, oil and alkyd on linen, 30 x 40 in.

From the Biomorphic Dream series #26, 2010, oil and alkyd on panel, 9 x 12 in.

From the Unknown Species series #15, 2011, oil and alkyd on linen, 18 x 24 in.

From the Unknown Species series #18, 2011, oil and alkyd on linen, 36 x 24 in.

From the Unknown Species series #44, 2011, oil and alkyd on panel, 12 x 12 in.

From the Unknown Species series #12, 2011, oil, alkyd & acrylic on linen, 11 x 14 in.

Artist Statement

My work explores the differences between working with chance and control. I use resin, a medium requiring an acute sensitivity to timing. The interactions of oil paint and alkyd resin are complex and sometimes difficult to predict. Multiple layers of transparent glazes impart layers of depth to the image. Intricate patterns emerge which become the analog of microscopic cellular forms. With each layer the forms overlap each other and hopefully evoke a passage of time. Biomorphic shapes float across the canvas, reminiscent of visual information gleaned from x-rays, cat scans and other inquiries into life on a molecular level. Ultimately, the result reflects my admiration for all scientific investigations. My own study of how chance and control can work together creates a representation of nature’s beauty in its primary elements.

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