Laurie Schafer presides in the high desert area between Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California; a sharp contrast to her birthplace in Minnesota. Born in 1955, at the height of Mid-Century Modern, Laurie’s parents encouraged her innate artistic abilities from the start. Initially studying the Fine Arts, Laurie eventually received her degree in Clothing Design. This evolved into Laurie creating Artwear, which she considers a deliberate collision of art and fashion. Laurie’s Artwear has received numerous awards and has been published by distinctive books and magazines and is found in museums, galleries and private collections. Laurie’s focus has evolved from Artwear to Textile Art, literally painting with fabric. Laurie’s move to the desert has influenced further evolutions in her art, re-igniting her love of Mid-Century Modern, developing an appreciation of the vistas of the desert and the dangerous beauty of the universe.
About the Art
I create mixed media artworks, paintings, drawings and installations; stitching together moments that exist to punctuate the human drama, in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life. By emphasizing aesthetics, I seduce the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily life.
My work in fiber is often informed by the ideal of “woman’s work” until a disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness of complicated manifold layers of meaning, create intense personal moments, luring the viewer into my world. My drawing and painting technique mimics my sewing as I zig-zag and embroider; with fiber, paint or pastels, building layers until the image emerges.
My multi-faceted mixed media artworks and installations are a collision of “fine art” and “craft” investigating romanticism and reality; as part of the collective memory. Magical work that is notable for their perfect finish and tactile nature, bearing witness to the importance of great craftsmanship.
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