My recent work uses the act of painting and the specific languages of abstraction to represent attitudes, strategies and processes that arise under the competing pressures to be unwavering in our decisions and our public and self-images, while also staying easy-going and adaptable in the face of recent technologies, social media platforms, and instantaneous and overwhelming access to information and opinions. Through a combination of gestural mark-making and wobbly geometric design, I want to reflect an anxious human desire to create and contribute in productive and meaningful ways. I play with self-referential brushstrokes and their ability to be both the results of impulses and of a more intentional and habituated commitment to a specific discipline. I like pushing together moments that feel natural, inventive, and optimistic, alongside moments that feel contrived, frantic, and awkward, so that these paintings frustrate our cravings for clarity and confidence, but remind us that intuition grows intelligent with time, trial and error, repetition, revision, and incidental experience.
Laura Lemna received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Notre Dame in 2017, where she focused on the languages of abstraction in painting and its ability to record and communicate human thought and action in all of its messy and tentative ways. Her love of mark-making and the intellectual and social potential of abstraction has led to a variety of experiences and projects, including a recent home-goods design collaboration with the Association of Craft Producers in Kathmandu, Nepal. She is from the Indianapolis area, and is currently living and working in the Midwest.