Breaking Through: Portraits, Prints, Paper

Works by Laura Post

September 10 - October 30, 2021

Dale Brock and Visiting Angels Gallery and TranSystems Corporation Gallery

Artist Statement

My work redefines portraiture by expanding the boundaries of the print medium. I reconsider the stability provided by a matrix, used to create multiple prints, to produce varied outcomes. This generates a new whole from the repetition of parts, like unique paper sculptures and pulp paintings. The artwork interrogates the history of printmaking and papermaking, as well as their voice in contemporary art.

By combining matrices that span the origins of the medium to the newest technologies, I create multi-faceted paper sculptures to explore how individuals are shaped by their familial network. This includes non-Western and Western traditional print processes, handmade paper, and post-digital techniques like 3D scans to expand the definition of printmaking and rethink portraiture. My practice is a means to connect with local, national, and international communities and individuals, including my portrait subjects and family networks, as well as traditional artisans and technicians for new technologies. I have also been collecting and processing invasive plants to create new types of paper portraits that speak to the ecology and individuals in a particular place. Each plant was brought to the region by humans for a specific purpose has its own color and texture. Combining these colors and textures together, along with pulp from recycled clothing, I create pulp paintings of people in the region where the plants are found.

Artist Bio

Laura Post earned an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Printmaking and a B.A. from Swarthmore College in Studio Art and Asian Studies. Before joining the faculty at University of Texas Arlington, she was a Lecturer in Foundations at Indiana University, Bloomington where she had a grant project to use invasive plants to make paper. Through this grant, Post created large-scale pulp paintings for display in venues throughout the community and hosted seven public events for 350 people. In DFW, Post has hosted workshops with the Fort Worth Public Library, Arlington Public Library, and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Post's paper sculptures, prints, and other paper works have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including PrintAustin's Contemporary Print 5x5 juried by Delita Martin. In 2019/2020, Post opened three solo exhibitions. Laura Post: About Face--Portraits and Prints since 2009 at Swarthmore College’s List Gallery and Laura Post: Familial Patterns at CR Ettinger Studio Gallery; and Arts Place Indiana. Her work has also been featured in numerous national and international group exhibitions including Shanghai International Paper Art Biennale, Shanghai, China; Umbra: New Prints for a Dark Age selected by Alison Saar at International Print Center New York; twice selected for PaperWest: National Works on Paper Juried Exhibition at the University of Utah to name a few.