paint. charcoal. words. provincetown.
My diploma (1995) is in multi-disciplinary arts from the SMFA at TUFTS in Boston. I have drawn the figure at the Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven; Parsons School of Design, New York; School of the Museum of Fine Arts at TUFTS, Boston; Provincetown Art Association and Museum; Fine Arts Work Center, both in Provincetown.
Working from life, I reach into the past to create the present by creating paintings and writing about what it is like to be an artist in the beginning of the 21st century working and living in the enduring arts colony of Provincetown.
The Studio 13 Series
I love making gesture drawings and have many that are great starts but incomplete. In September of 2016, I had a Returning Residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Studio 13, a room of my own for one week. I spread plastic over the fifteen square foot floor, spread it with figure drawings made in the Open Life Sessions of the Fine Arts Work Center and reworked them with Japanese Sumi ink.
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Laura Shabott, Salutation, 2016, Sumi Ink and Charcoal on Paper, 18 x 24 inches all rights reserved photo James Zimmerman
The Ode to Hofmann series of ten paintings was inspired by the master teacher/painter’s assignment to his students: work from the same still life for months. I selected a handmade clay pitcher on a dish, an empty container, a vase decorated with tulips, two palettes and an ink jar. A single light shined above this arrangement.
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In my first year at the SMFA, I would take drawings from class and create these montages when the room was empty working on them together with scissors, glue, charcoal, all of them up with music playing. I was studying 16mm film in the Collaborative Film Workshop created by Richard Broadman.
These murals feel cinematic to me. As most of us at the school, I took film, swept up in the medium. I borrow from this sensibility; how the camera and the eye can capture a frame or composition. Two of the three foot by eight foot works on paper would be lost if it were not for 4 x 5 film converted to digital. One retains its fragile original form.
Collection of Steven Lage
An entrepreneur/consultant in Ohio, collector Steven Lage found out about my work through the cover of In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life. He acquired many works. Here is a selection from a dozen works.
The Visual Diary is a record of my first summer in Provincetown painted on 24 x 18 inch canvases using oils and large brushes. My studio was in the upstairs of 128 Commercial, a defunct kitchen when the place was owned by Allen Carrier or Ali Baba. It was one of the last years of bohemian dominance in the West End.
12 x 12 PAAM, Provincetown
Group Show four eleven gallery, Provincetown
Juried Members' Show, Spring PAAM, Provincetown
Women Choose Women: Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown
Open Call: Jo Hay Open Studio, Provincetown
Members’ 12 x 12: PAAM, Provincetown (2015 and 16)
All Townie Show: FAWC, Provincetown (2015 and 16)
Open Members Small Works, PAAM (2015 and 16)
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