5 year Anniversary Art Exhibition – Artist Portfolio Magazine
Laurel Shear – Austin, TX
Laurel Shear is currently living and working in Austin Texas, attending , and received her MFA from The University of Texas at Austin. She is originally from Marin County, California. Shear graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University. She has studied fine art abroad at Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, and at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia. She has been awarded fellowships to study at Tyler School of Art – Summer Painting Intensive (2011) and Ox-Bow School of Art (2013 and 2014). Most recently she was awarded a Graduate School Named/Endowed Continuing Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. She has shown at SFMOMA Artist Gallery, 111Minna Gallery, Root Division, in San Francisco, Chaparral City Studios in Oakland, The Ice Box in Philadelphia, Alabama Center for the Arts and the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
My paintings are fueled by my experiences with lust and loss, ecstasy and grief. The bed serves as a metaphorical frame for two types of death: la petite mort of lovers and the ultimate ending of life. The bed is rectangular; it undulates, moves and receives stains like a traditional painting. Tangled and unkempt bedclothes resemble body parts. The confusing masses become the record of a night’s sleep, evidence of the stillness of a bedridden body, or enactments of multiple orgasms.