Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
Laurel McMechan's current projects in painting, drawing and printmaking explore invented landscape in search of an expanded idea of place. The imagery in her work is born as a collision of worlds; collage is used as metaphor for the overlap of virtual and visceral parts of daily life. She questions how natural and built environments we inhabit are both physical and psychological territories, made from strata of perception, history, culture and personal memory. Her art practice is inspired by a simultaneous experience of the worlds created inside our heads and exterior physical world and community occupied with our bodies. The paintings are sourced from still life dioramas of small landscapes made from folded drawings and collages. The iterative process traveled to make the work mediates and abstracts multiple versions of each place she has visited or longs to experience. A nationally-exhibited artist originally hailing from Colorado, McMechan was recently in residence at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Colony and Vermont Studio Center. Her work was most recently on exhibit in Ohio and New York, and resides in private and public collections, including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Rhode Island School of Design and University of Richmond Museums.