Laurel Garcia Colvin

United States
Chappaqua, NY
born United States
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Artist Statement

The narrative and symbolic aspects of images have been the focus of my work for a number of years. By juxtaposing images, in both individual works and installations, I suggest a multitude of possibilities, depending on the viewer’s state of mind and experiences, rather than “tell” a story. Mixed media provides me the best medium for exploring my visual concerns. In the past I used sculptural elements, video, and, or drawn, painted and photographic images (often coated with layers of encaustic medium), to create visual statements with both personal and public meanings. My current work of mixed media drawings and paintings continue my interest in symbiotic narratives and the interaction of the natural and human realms, both sacred and profane, and the often hidden, and evocative forms of flora and fauna. The works evoke the enigmatic nature of a dream, and imply emotional, psychological or spiritual states.

Biographical Information

Laurel Garcia Colvin’s artwork has been exhibited in several New York City galleries and galleries in Barcelona, Spain, Dublin, Ireland, Chicago, Texas, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. Her works are in private collections in England, Ireland, Brazil, New York, California, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois and Texas. She received her MFA and BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and did post-graduate studies at Pratt Institute. Ms. Garcia Colvin was on the art faculty in the Art Department of the University of Texas in Austin for many years before moving to New York City in 1986. She is a member of the non-profit Ceres Gallery in the Chelsea section of New York City.

On the Cusp, Brownson Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY, Spring 2007
Revelations, Westchester Community College Art Gallery, Peekskill, NY, Fall 2006
Viajes del Agua~Viajes del Alma (Water Journeys~Soul Journeys), Ceres Gallery, NY, NY, Spring 2005
Manifestations, The Gallery at R & F, Kingston, NY, Fall 2004
The Language of Hands, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, Fall 2002
Herstory: Remnants of Memory installation, Ceres Project Room, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY, NY, Fall 2001
Remembrance-Reflection installation, Gallery @ 49, NY, NY, Spring 2001
Common Spaces: A Reflection on the Intersections of Man & Nature, EA Gallery, Port Chester, NY, Summer 2009
Thaw, Lana Santorelli Gallery, New York, NY, Spring 2009
Women’s Work, curated by Denise Mullen, Dean, SUNY Purchase, Morgan Stanley & Co., Purchase, NY, Spring 2008 to Spring 2009
Collaborative Concepts: At the Hat Factory, Peekskill, NY, Spring/Summer 2008
Artist as Teacher, The Studio, Armonk, NY, Fall 2006
Copilandia “a public art intervention,” sponsored by Centro de Arte de Sevilla and art group Gratis for Seville between Cultures festival, Seville, Spain, Winter 2006
Peekskill Project, sponsored by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, Fall 2005
Edgy and Elegant: New Works by Westchester Artists, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY, Fall 2005
Women, Words and Images, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY, Spring 2005
Real to Unreal, The Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY, Fall 2004
Katonah Museum Artists Association at Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY, Summer 2004
Westchester Biennial 2004, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY, Spring 2004
Katonah Museum Artists Association at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Mt. Kisco, NY, Fall 2003
Illustrated Recipes, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, Fall 2003
Art of the Northeast USA, Silvermine Guild Galleries, New Canaan, CT, Summer 2003
The Whole Ball of Wax, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, Spring/Summer 2003
HER MARK 2003 Datebook and Photo-based Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, Fall 2002
The Human Presence: Interpretations, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY, Summer 2002
Westchester Biennial 2002, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY, Spring 2002
Curious Journey, National Juried Exhibition, Gallery 214, Montclair, NJ, Winter 2001

Artworks adopted from this artist:
Untitled #6, Adolescent Angst series
Drawing 7 x 23 inches