The public is invited to view the sculpture of Shoreline Community College associate faculty member, Laura Ward from March 5 – 31, 2009.
In this series of work, Ward explores the effects that patterns have on the mind and its memories. Over the last few years, she has used materials from interiors and exteriors of abandoned spaces for her sculptures, which elicit a sense of nostalgia through the juxtaposition of elements and imagery.
“Each space contains patterns existing in both the architecture and decorations, and created by footprints and erosion. Peeling away one layer often reveals a new design or texture,” said Ward, “elicited by the visual stimulation of the pattern.” She translates the pieces into three-dimensional sculptures that interpret a memory or feeling. The artist said that the memory is often skewed or blurred, and she creates her sculptures in that style. “It is also unclear which memories are real and which are imagined.”
Ward’s work has been shown across the country and internationally and has won her several solo exhibits, including Gallery 4Clture, the University House and the Pacini Lubel Gallery in Seattle. She has also shown at the Henry Art Gallery and the Friesen Gallery locally. Her work has brought several awards such as a Seattle Public Utilities Commission finalist and several grants. She earned an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Illinois.