Artists of Influence: Laura Splan

Laura Splan confronts the viewer “to challenge our constructed responses to these [scientific] images by triggering a double take in which the viewer re-evaluates their initial perceptions.”

Trousseau (Negligee #1), 2007
Facial peel, machine embroidery
40″ x 12″ x 24″

“The Trousseau series uses a transparent plastic-like material that results from a common drugstore facial peel-off mask.  This bizarre beauty product picks up and retains the detailed impression of texture and hairs on one’s skin.  I essentially cover my entire body with the product.  Once it dries, I peel it off in one large “hide” so that I have large sheets of “fabric” to work with in constructing the sculptures for the series.  I treat the peel material as if it were fabric resembling organza or chiffon.  The sculptures are embellished with computerized machine embroidery using abstracted anatomical, botanical, and ornamental imagery as decorative motifs.”

Visit her extremely well-designed website.

Detail below:

You can view this work, and others by Laura Splan, at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.
Laura is part of the exhibition Manuf®actured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects
August 28, 2008 – January 4, 2009 (hurry hurry)

The more I look into her work, the more it intrigues me.

Original Source: FiberArts Mag


4 thoughts on “Artists of Influence: Laura Splan

  1. Thanks for the comment. And I agree. Seeing an Andy Warhol in person is one of the best experiences you can have.

    Great blog. I’ll be back.

  2. I have seen this exhibition 2 or 3 times now, i can’t remember. it’s Fantastic! And Trousseau’s work really stands out. This dress is so beautiful and delicate in person, and the explanation of how it was made always elicits a strong response from the viewer. Her other work is also extraordinary.

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